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Area evacuations cancelled for Rattlesnake fire



— Even before Sunday’s dousing rains fell across North Central Idaho, the Rattlesnake Creek Fire in southern Idaho County showed little growth as firefighters deployed along its western front last week. Pre-evacuation “Be Set” notices that had been in effect since late July for communities near the fire’s north end were cancelled as the firefighting effort consolidated its grip on the ground near Pollock.

As of Monday morning, Aug. 27, the incident management team in charge reported the fire size had ticked up to 8,193 acres from the prior week’s estimated 8,135 acres, and noted that a tenth or two of rainfall checked fire activity, but also forced firefighters out of “the west portion of the fire due to unsafe weather conditions.”

Another 2-3 tenths fell Monday, the IMT reported in its Tuesday update.

Closure orders remained in effect, and fire restrictions remained in effect.

“Fire behavior will be low again today due to higher humidity and damp fuels from yesterday’s precipitation,” the IMT noted in an Aug. 28 news release. “A warming and drying trend is expected to begin today and continue through the next several days. Today, firefighters will continue to repair handlines and remove fire equipment in the northern area of the fire.”

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was listed as 8,193 acres at 41 percent containment worked by 397 personnel.



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