As of Monday, August 20, 2018
A Red Flag Warning for lightning in the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area is in effect Monday, Aug. 20.
"With the help of aviation resources, crews will continue to secure direct line on White Bird Ridge between Pollock Mountain and the Adams/Idaho county line as long as lightning does not threaten their exposed position," the incident management team in charge said in its Monday morning update. "These firefighters will be 'spiking out' on this remote section of line as weather allows. Heavy equipment will construct indirect fireline on the south flank east to Hwy 95, using existing roads where feasible, to limit spread potential any further south. Contingency plans for point protection will be made in Elk Lake subdivision. Higher humidity and precipitation from passing thunderstorms is expected to moderate fire behavior."
Yesterday, Aug. 19, crews took advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Firefighters scouted for line locations suitable for heavy equipment to construct perimeter line and still protect sensitive resources on the southwestern end of the fire. Firefighters finished structure assessments in Shingle Creek, Papoose, the Rapid River area, and Round Valley.
Find the IMT's full Monday morning update on Inciweb.