BOISE -- The Treasure Valley's variable weather is impacting firefighters at several area wildfires. Recent rain, winds, cooler temperatures, and high humidity are hurting some firefighters' efforts, while helping others.


Sawtooth National Forest spokesperson Julie Thomas tells us the weather caused more concerns for fire crews. She says rainfall Monday night did cause minor issues in the burned out area.

It did rain on the fire last night somewhat and there was reports that we had some rain or water coming down the road, said Thomas.

The Beaver Creek fire is now 100 percent contained, and has burned nearly 112,000 acres near Hailey. But Thomas says the storms bring another burden.

It's just another concern, another worry to keep our folks safe out there that are trying to mop that up and build some line and make sure that it is secure, said Thomas.

Thomas tells us they're now preparing for the chance of gushing water and mudslides over burned land as the chance of storms stays in the forecast.


Close to Featherville, the rains had a much different affect on the Kelley Fire. It has burned nearly 15,000 acres and was only 10 percent contained when the storms moved in on Monday.

Last night we started getting some, little bit of showers, it rained here on and off through the night and then we've had some pretty good showers throughout the morning and into early afternoon, said Kelley Fire spokesperson Jennifer Myslivy.

Myslivy says the firefighters were grateful as the weather helped control the flames.

Definitely helping with suppression activities with the higher relative humidity and the cloud cover, said Myslivy.


It was more good news for the Weiser Complex Fire as well. Fire crews there say the Raft Fire is now 60 percent and the Hells Canyon Fire is 100 percent contained.

Even though they didn't see much precipitation Monday night, spokesperson Robyn Broyles says the cloud cover helped calm the fire.

Higher humidity and cooler temperatures are definitely allowing firefighters to get a hold of the fire, said Broyles.

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