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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Active Burning Continues on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire - UPDATE

Kamiah, Idaho (July 24, 2018) – The Rattlesnake Creek fire, located on the west side of highway 95 near mile marker 184 near Pollock on the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests, was reported at 12:02 p.m. yesterday.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday the fire was mapped and estimated to be 2,100+ acres and continues to actively burn in timber and grass.  Firefighting resources focused efforts yesterday on Point Protection, actions to stop the forward progression of the fire towards primary residences.  No structures have been lost at this time.  Firefighters will be identifying a location to the north of the fire for fire line construction.  The location and focus of the work today will continue to be point protection on the north side of the fire.

There are currently no evacuations associated with the fire.  Multiple structures are threatened.  Local residents are encouraged to monitor the Idaho and Adams County Sheriff’s Facebook pages.

There are multiple aviation, engine and ground resources from the Nez Perce–Clearwater and Payette National Forests, Idaho Department of Lands, and local rural fire departments on scene. Multiple resources arrived overnight and this morning.  Currently there are over 300 firefighting personnel assigned to the fire.

Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will be briefed today at 2:00 p.m. and will assume command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Traffic control measures are in place by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office along Highway 95 for public and firefighter safety.  Please avoid the area if possible and do not stop along the roadway. Travelers may experience limited visibility due to smoke in the canyon corridor. 

Any closures associated with the Rattlesnake Creek fire will be posted to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Information page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/home/?cid=fsm91_055753

As additional information becomes available, it will be posted to InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/ .