The Rattlesnake Point fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Nixon Creek. Monitoring of this fire by personnel on the ground, via air and jet boat will be ongoing.
Communication between the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests is in place in anticipation that the fire will cross the boundary between the forests. The forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy for this fire.
The fire continues to fulfill its historical and natural role across the landscape. This includes reducing overstocked vegetation, improving wildlife habitat, reintroducing nutrients to the soil, and reducing competitive vegetation and vegetation that could pose a risk of higher intensity fires in the future. At the same time, fire activity is carefully monitored for degree of intensity, potential and direction of spread, and threats to natural and human values. Burn out operations have helped direct its movement or to protect values at risk.
Recreationists on the Magruder corridor and Salmon River will likely experience smoke and see flames in fire area.
Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority in wildland fire management and emergency response. Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.
An area closure is in effect for public health and safety due to activity on the Rattlesnake Point fire. The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday August 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM|
|Location||Rattlesnake Point - Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Short Grass (1 foot)
Brush (2 feet)
Active, uphill runs, flanking, isolated torching.
Fire continues to move in steep topography. Fire makes uphill runs and then backs or rolls out downhill.
Update fire information signs and plan for jet boat use for insertion of responders to complete structure protection.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Moderate to active fire with westerly winds. Fire could cross Sabe Creek and enter the Bitterroot National Forest.
Critical fire conditions is expected Friday and possibly Saturday, with possible gusty winds.