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RABBIT FOOT FIRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


RABBIT FOOT FIRE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. 

   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/

Start Date

Cause

Size

Percent Containment

Crews

Helicopters

Engines

Dozers

Total Personnel

8/2

Lightning

36,004

20%

1

3

6

1

144

 

Updates will continue on a weekly basis unless significant activity or changes occur.  A local Type III organization assumed command of the fire last Wednesday morning, 9/12.  The primary fire camp will remain in Challis and will support smaller spikes camps.

Current Situation: Firefighters have made excellent progress on the Rabbit Foot Fire over the past week.  Dozer rehabilitation work is complete as well as rehabilitation in Silver Creek.  Rehabilitation continues on other portions of the fire, including work with the excavator.  Backhauling of equipment continues when equipment is no longer needed.  

Fire managers continue to monitor the fire area.  Fire activity is moderate, with most activity in Corral Creek and Iron Creek areas.  The fire spread is mainly backing downhill against the topography with group torching and some short-range spotting.  In areas of heavy fuel accumulation, the fuels continue to burn.

Weather: Dry humidities will continue, although wind will be trending downward.  The next front to arrive will bring a renewed threat for showers and thunderstorms to the area for both Wednesday and Thursday.  Expect an increase in humidities, but another potential for stronger winds as well.

Strategy: The Rabbit Foot Fire is being managed using a combination of actions, some directly adjacent to the fire perimeter and others long distances away from the active fire perimeter; these actions include full suppression, confinement to pre-determined natural barriers, and the protection of values such as private property, habitat, and infrastructure.  This strategy presents the best option for firefighter safety and successful containment.  It is represented by a percentage of overall completion of the objectives.  The Rabbit Foot Fire objectives are currently 77% complete, while 20% of the fire perimeter is contained.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, the lowest level of alert.  Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior.  See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/.  In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: The Morgan Creek/Panther Creek Road (NFSR 055) is open for through traffic in the closure area.  Stopping is not permitted.  There is still an emergency area closure on the Salmon-Challis National Forest (#04-13-18-608).  For maps and more details, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/.

For more information, visit @salmonchallisnf on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF).  Search for #RabbitFootFire.  In addition, visit www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov for maps, photos, and more details on this and other fires.

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