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Rattlesnake Creek Fire burns 700 acres, exceeding 5,300 so far



According to the Rattlesnake Creek Fire incident management team's Inciweb page Tuesday morning, Aug. 14, the fire has burned 5,336 acres so far-- about 700 acres more than the IMT reported Monday morning.

"Sunday night’s burnout operations slowed the fire’s progression," the IMT reported Tuesday morning:

However, a 50-acre spot occurred outside the handlines near Lockwood Point. On Monday, aviation resources and firefighters worked throughout the day to contain the fire’s edge to the east of the Nez Perce Trail and out of the Rapid River drainage. Fire behavior was active and created a column visible to surrounding communities. Structure assessment began in the Elk Lake subdivision and firefighters scouted a contingency line west of Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates. Patrols continued on the north and east sides of the fire.

Today, crews will secure and monitor fireline along the southwest corner, building direct line where possible, and utilize air resources to cool hot spots and moderate fire behavior. Implementation of structure protection measures will occur in Upper and Lower Hillman, Boulder Creek, and Elk Lake subdivisions. North of the fire area, construction of a contingency line will begin on the east side of White Bird Ridge.

Incident Commander Alan Sinclair expressed that “We recognize that wildland firefighting is a dangerous job and insure plans are in place for when accidents occur. I am extremely proud of the personnel who utilized those plans to extricate injured firefighters and get them to the medical care they needed.”

(This post has been updated to reflect information received Tuesday morning, Aug. 14.)



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