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Rattlesnake Creek Fire tops 40 percent containment despite Aug. 3 spot fire

A firefighter stands guard along a handline, tool in hand, with fire smoldering in the background.

Inciweb / Dave Crousser
A firefighter stands guard along a handline, tool in hand, with fire smoldering in the background.



The Rattlesnake Creek Fire topped 40 percent containment last weekend despite last Friday’s discovery of a new spot fire in the Fall Creek drainage. In a mid-morning update Aug. 3, the Incident Management Team described a response that included both air and hand crews “working hard, using direct handline, in an effort to contain the spot fire.”

On Sunday, work began on a contingency line south of Camp Creek “in case the fire progresses southward past current containment lines” and structure protection assessments continued in Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek – the areas jeopardized by the spot fire.

“Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas remain threatened,” the IMT’s Aug. 6 update noted.

The “Be Set” evacuation notice remained in effect for North Pollock, Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates, and Pinehurst areas, as did a closure order issued by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests last month. The closure order was updated Aug. 3, with new conditions in effect Aug. 6; a map is online at https://bit.ly/2LTa7aN.

Additional information is online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999; authorities have asked those who live in the affected communities to monitor their county sheriff’s office Facebook pages.



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