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Rattlesnake Creek Fire 32 percent contained

The communities of Pollock, Pinehurst and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates remain under "Be Set" pre-evacuation notice due to the Rattlesnake Creek fire, which was human-caused and first reported July 23. Pictured is the fire's first day; work since then has it 32 percent contained, per the Incident Management Team's Aug. 3 morning report.

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The communities of Pollock, Pinehurst and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates remain under "Be Set" pre-evacuation notice due to the Rattlesnake Creek fire, which was human-caused and first reported July 23. Pictured is the fire's first day; work since then has it 32 percent contained, per the Incident Management Team's Aug. 3 morning report.



The Rattlesnake Creek Fire, 3,851 acres on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 near the Idaho-Adams county line and the communities of Pollock and Pinehurst, was listed at 32 percent containment in the Incident Management Team’s Aug. 3 morning update.

The fire has not been remapped in days, as crews totaling 415 continue work that includes patrolling containment lines along the northern, eastern and southern edges and scouting for “the most efficient way to contain the southwestern corner of the fire.”

The firefighting effort continues on the western and southwestern edges, and the communities of Pollock, Pinehurst and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch remain under “Be Set” pre-evacuation notice. Area closures remain in effect, and residents are advised to be vigilant and follow their county sheriff office’s Facebook page.

Despite cooler weather expected for the next few days, fire restrictions are in effect. Find the most up-to-date information online at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 and find road condition information online at 511.idaho.gov.

“A broad trough of cool, dry air has settled over the Pacific Northwest and is keeping the temperatures below average on the fire for the next few days,” the IMT’s weather report reads in part. “Today and Saturday will be the coolest days, then on Monday temperatures warm rapidly as a ridge starts to build in.”

Nine hand crews, 16 engines, two dozers, nine water tenders and four helicopters continue to work the fire.



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