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Monday, August 13, 2018

Rattlesnake Fire Update - Firefighter Injuries

Yesterday evening, two crew members from the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew were injured by a burning snag while conducting fire suppression activities on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, burning near Pollock, Idaho on the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.

The two firefighters were moved from the fire line to awaiting ambulances that transported them to a hospital in McCall, Idaho. Both firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.  One was released to go home and the other will be taken to a burn facility in Salt Lake City for additional care.

The Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew is an experienced hand crew trained to work in steep, rugged terrain. Their preparation, combined with the advanced planning and qualified Incident Management Team medical personnel on scene, resulted in a safe extraction that was well implemented.

We send our thoughts for a speedy and safe recovery to the firefighters and thank the local community for continued support of the firefighters who remain engaged in managing the Rattlesnake Creek Fire.

For updates regarding the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, please visit the following links:
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