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Monday, August 20, 2018

Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 20th

Summary: Engagement of firefighters was limited yesterday due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. The system was tested extensively and technicians believe that the problem has been identified and solutions are being implemented. Further testing is ongoing and firefighters are expected to re-engage today. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern and communication is a cornerstone of insuring that safety.

Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics has been implemented as the best option for successful containment and control.  Strategy and tactics are under constant re-evaluation by fire and land manages to  ensure the most effective and efficient actions are taken.

At this point, the majority of indirect line has been completed due to the hard work of the firefighters.  An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area, allowed firefighters to move adjacent to the fireline and establish an anchor point producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed. Planned burnout out operations to strengthen containment lines are in place and will occur when weather conditions are favorable.

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

Weather: A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for thunderstorms, lightning and strong outflow winds. Storms may bring up to .50 inches of rain on parts of the fire area. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 34-44%. Winds will be out of the north 12-18 mph with gusts to 55 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 (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/)
or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for non-incident aircraft including drones was adjusted in order to fit the fires need and facilitate air traffic around the fire area . Pilots see NOTAM #8/1950. http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_1950.html

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
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