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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 22nd


A community meeting is scheduled at the Challis Middle School, 721 E. Main Ave. Challis Idaho, August 23, 2018 beginning at 6:00 pm.

Summary: Firefighters were once again able to be fully engaged working on the fire without restriction yesterday.  The radio problems that have been hampering operations did not materialize and, in an effort to avoid any further slowdowns, the entire communication system has been replaced with new equipment.

While the fire activity has been slowed by higher humidity it will begin to increase as the weather improves. Firefighters are expecting potentially significant runs as fuels dry and align with topography and wind, to prevent this they are continuing to strengthen the existing lines as well as complete small sections left undone.  At this time all of the primary indirect lines are in place around the fire where the most likely advances will occur. Firefighters are working closely with Resource Advisors to efficiently fortify these lines to conduct burn operations if possible.

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 and unfeasible. 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 S/SW rotating to W/NW fut staying 10 to 18 mph.  Thunderstorms are possible that will produce erratic outflow winds and lightning.

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: (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/)
or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

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 Lemhi County Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.
Email: RabbitFootFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/
TFR: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_1950.html
August 22 2018. Perimeter Map