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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update - August 12th

Saturday, the advancing cold front brought erratic winds in the late afternoon, and fire behavior remained moderate even after the cloud cover that provided a cooling effect had dissipated.   Ground crews and air resources engaged the fire throughout the day and into the evening, strengthening containment lines.  The fire remained active into the night, where night shift personnel patrolled lines to keep them secure.  Structure protection measures continued in the Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek areas yesterday.
Temperatures are expected to be at least 10 degrees cooler today.  Fire managers will monitor weather conditions in the next few days to take advantage of opportunities to conduct firing operations on the southwest side of the fire. Firing operations allow firefighters to reduce fuels adjacent to existing hand line and dozer lines, moderating fire behavior when the fire front does reach those containment lines.  The structure protection group will move to Elk Lake subdivision to assess what measures may be needed to make homes defensible there. The north and east sides of the fire remain in patrol status.
Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas remain threatened, as well as threats to state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.
Evacuations/Closures: Residents in the North Pollock, Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates, and Pinehurst areas remain in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Some road and area closures remain in effect to provide for public safety. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for any status updates. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5Rto sign up.  Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand  or the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.
Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!
Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closureshttp://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
For further information, please visit the following links:
Facebook: @RattlesnakeCreekFire