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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 21st

Summary: Firefighter engagement on the fire was limited yesterday because of predicted extreme weather and persistent radio communication problems. Technical experts tested the entire system without a definitive solution and are planning a complete replacement this morning.

Fire behavior was minimal due to cooler temperatures, and higher fuel moistures.  The widespread inclement weather did not materialize to the predicted levels with precipitation locally spotty and in smaller amounts. Thunderstorms did materialize producing outflow winds and lightning strikes.

At this point, the majority of indirect line has been completed due to the hard work of the firefighters and favorable weather conditions. Firefighters are working closely with Resource Advisors to efficiently fortify lines to conduct burn operations if possible. Planned contingency lines are being reassessed as the fire stalls due to the weather.

A full suppression strategy and indirect tactics are the best options for successful containment and control at this time.  The significant snag hazard, high volume and density of the fuels and the difficult terrain make a direct attack a higher risk than necessary. An opportunity in the Van Horn Creek area allowed firefighters to establish an anchor point and gain a foothold producing a 5% containment of the fires edge. Structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area.  Helicopters are available for initial attack, helitack shuttle, water drop missions, logistical support as well as medical assistance.

Weather: Temperatures will bounce back into 70’s and humidity will start to drop, drying fuel. Skies will start to clear and winds will develop from the south and west reaching 10 to 18 mph .

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb: (
or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page:

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.
August 20 2018. Perimeter Map