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Hot weather may see "significant increase" in Rattlesnake Creek Fire activity

A map of the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area dated Aug. 9, 2018.

A map of the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area dated Aug. 9, 2018.

Thursday, Rattlesnake Creek firefighting crews patrolled the northern, eastern, and western containment lines, incident managers said in a Friday morning news release. Firefighters improved handlines and continued mopping an active spot in the North Fork of Lockwood Creek, with the help of helicopter bucket water drops. Construction continued on the contingency line just south of Camp Creek. Fire activity increased north of Fall Creek in the late afternoon, and heavy helicopters worked to check the fire’s progression south. Dry fuels and very low humidity kept fire behavior active late into the evening.

Today, with forecasted extreme heat conditions and increased winds, firefighters will be closely watching the southwestern edge and will endeavor to keep the fire within the constructed containment lines. The contingency line south of Camp Creek will be improved and expanded and crews will continue the structure protection assessments in the Hillman Basin area.

“Fire activity has been minimal, but there is still a lot of open line to the south and west. With the extreme conditions we will be faced with today, there is potential to see a significant increase in fire activity,” said Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.

With an area closure order and a pre-evacuation ("Be Set") notice both still in effect, the IMT is directing residents to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page or the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page for emergency evacuation information.

Total personnel number 385 including nine hand crews, 19 engines, a dozer, six water tenders, a masticator and eight helicopters at work in the area.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10): The Idaho and Adams county sheriffs have issued new "Be Set" evacuation notices for residents who live off U.S. Highway 95 near the county line, specifically, for North Elk Lake Road, Lower Ranch Drive and High Meadow Lane, and for those who live along the west side of U.S. Highway 95 from the county line to Hillman Basin Road. A large column of smoke was seen this afternoon; weather warnings for high heat and strong winds are in effect.


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