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Rabbit Foot Fire

Unit Information

Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 208-756-7853

Highlighted Activity

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger. The Rabbit Foot Fire Emergency Area Closure #04-13-18-609 has been rescinded. The following roads...
Closure - 10/03/2018
Rabbit Foot Fire, morning of September 29Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning-caused Rabbit Foot Fire began on August 2, 2018, and is burning in steep terrain, primarily in timber and standing dead tree snags. Initially, the fire spread quickly through dense timber but has since moderated due to more favorable weather conditions. The fire is being managed by a local Type IV Incident Management Organization.

Strategy: The Rabbit Foot Fire is being managed using a combination of actions, some directly adjacent to the fire perimeter and others long distances away from the active fire perimeter; these actions include full suppression, confinement to pre-determined natural barriers, and the protection of values such as private property, habitat, and infrastructure. This strategy presents the best option for firefighter safety and successful containment. It is represented by a percentage of overall completion of the objectives. The Rabbit Foot Fire objectives are currently 82% complete, while 20% of the fire perimeter is contained.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location22 Nautical Miles North of Challis, ID
Incident CommanderNorth Zone Duty Officer
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.856 latitude, -114.307 longitude

Current Situation

Size36,004 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Upper elevations across the fire area are dominated by timber fuel with heavy dead and down material. This is especially true in old burn scars. Lower elevations are dominated by grass and sagebrush.

Significant Events

Fire activity is minimal.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A ridge of high pressure will build in today and Saturday.

Temperatures will warm 2 to 5 degrees, mostly on Saturday. Slope driven winds are expected both days.