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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

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

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The Rattlesnake Fire is 100% contained. Containment equates to the fire not being a threat of spreading outside the existing burned area.

Fire behavior in the Rattlesnake Creek fire has moderated and Forest Closure Order #0412-529 has been terminated. While full containment has been reached, we expect to see fire continue to creep and smolder in the Squirrel and Pony Creek drainages but does not pose a threat to containment objectives. The fire is still being monitored and patrolled by fire suppression resources and rehabilitation continues on a dozer line out of the Hillman Basin and a contingency line along the southern flank. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) treatments are being implemented.

Those travelling or recreating in the burned area should be aware of hazards in the burned area, including creeping fire, hazard trees, unstable terrain, displaced wildlife, burned stumps and root chambers, flash flooding and debris flows.

The Closure Order for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire was terminated on October 4th. With the change in weather patterns and associated precipitation in the fire area, fire behavior has decreased to creeping and smoldering in the Squirrel and Pony Creek drainages, and is no longer a threat to containment objectives. Fire suppression resources continue to work in the area and some smoke may still be visible.

New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps said, “There are still hazards in the area, including fire-weakened trees, smoldering fire, and heavy equipment operating in and around the fire area. We still have some fire suppression repair work to complete, namely a dozer line out of the Hillman Basin area that we’ve used to access the fire, and a contingency line along the southern flank, where we have a number of log decks that were generated as a result of suppression activities. We’re currently pursuing options for those decks, including potentially offering a small timber sale.”

A burned landscape presents a number of safety hazards that either did not exist prior to the fire or have been exacerbated by the effects of the fire. Those travelling or recreating in the burned area are reminded to be very aware of your surroundings and follow warming signs and directions from agency personnel. Hazards include unstable terrain, displaced wildlife, hazard trees, burned stump holes and root chambers, and the possibility of flash flooding and debris flows. Additional information about these hazards is available in a handout called “Traveling and recreating safely in a burned landscape” available at district offices on the Payette National Forest.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeBurned Area Emergency Response
Date of OriginMonday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationWest side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.284 latitude, -116.367 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel45
Size8,220 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer with fir, Lodgepole pine and Ponderosa pine. Heavy dead and down and brushy understory

Significant Events

Isolated torching, creeping and smoldering is expected in Pony Creek on the Payette portion of the fire.


Planned Actions

Firm up the fire line in Pony and Lockwood Creeks on the Payette portion of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

While Burned Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) is underway now, fire managers are still engaged with ground based firefighters and aerial assets in actively addressing hot spots on the fire.


Some single tree or group torching is taking place in the east facing drainages on the Payette Nat'l part of the fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler weather and moisture is assisting in gaining control of this fire.