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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Unit Information

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street Kamiah Idaho 83536
Kamiah, ID 83536

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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.

The area closure on the Rattlesnake Point fire has been lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
LocationRattlesnake Point - Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident CommanderUnstaffed
Coordinates45.554 latitude, -115.133 longitude

Current Situation

Size4,843 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events



Planned Actions

Update fire information signs and plan for jet boat use for insertion of responders to complete structure protection.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal to moderate activity. Continue to back down towards Salmon River and flank to the east into Sabe Creek, with progress uphill towards Sheep Mtn. Burn along Rattlesnake Ridge.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The transition to a much colder and wetter pattern began Thursday as a storm system settles into the area. Wetting rains will be

common in the eastern Clearwater and Nez Perce N.F. with snow above 6000

feet on Friday. A brief dry period is anticipated Saturday into Sunday,

along with warmer daytime temperatures. An even more significant weather

system is possible early next week with a better chance of wetting

rains and cold temperatures.