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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 23rd


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

Summary: Firefighters were fully engaged working on the fire yesterday. The earlier communication problems did not reappear and technicians are optimistic that the system is fully operational.  As the fire activity has slowed due to some showers and higher humidity, crews were focused on improving and strengthening lines by clearing and chipping excess materials. Afternoon weather forced some crews to seek cover as rain and hail descended on the fire. A weather station near the fire perimeter measured 4/100 th of an inch of precipitation and wind gusts as high as 47 miles per hour.

Today, a high pressure system will be entering the area and the weather is predicted to become warmer and drier, with light southwest wind.  Crews will continue chipping operations on the east, south, and north containment lines. Chipping reduces the amount of available fuels from trees cut by the feller buncher machines and it helps to limit fire movement.  Work will continue along the FS 055 road to remove hazard trees in preparation for chipping. Work will also continue securing and mopping up the line near the Van Horn burn scar and Woods Peak.

A morning convoy has been occuring  daily on Morgan Creek road in order to shuttle crews, supplies, and mail deliveries through the area closure.

Helicopter activities are now coordinated through the Challis Helibase reducing travel times from Salmon.. A greatly appreciated helicopter mission last evening delivered hot meals to crews stationed at the Moyer Creek spike camp.

Weather: Temperatures will rebound to the low 80’s and clear skies are expect throughout the day. The approaching high pressure air mass will be dry but stable and should generate little wind.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, State, and County lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect. 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, is in place over the fire area. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding any level of evacuation planning. 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 23 2018. Perimeter Map