Inciweb address Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
Current Fire Information: 937-551-1127 E-Mail address: RabbitFootFire2018@gmail.com
Start Date: August 2, 2018 Cause: Lightning Fuels: Timber with shrub understory, Grass/brush
Acres: 5645 Percent Contained: 0% Total number of personnel: 387
What Happened Today: This morning began with a successful cattle drive that moved multiple animals out of the fire area. The fire objectives and planning area have been updated to reflect the changing fire conditions. Ground observations indicate that the fire has pushed past the ridge extending east from Black Mountain and continues to move south. The eastern side of the fire also saw an increase in acres. As a precaution to provide firefighters with some smoke relief the 275 person spike camp has been moved back to the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Challis. The heavy equipment has been pulled from the fire area and staged at the ICP as well.
Plans for Tomorrow: Tonight’s infrared flight will provide information necessary to assess the extent of fire growth and help determine tomorrow’s planning. All information indicates that there will be active burning in the near future. Crews will continue to improve the Morgan Creek Road (FS Rd 055). Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will continue to work the fire as smoke conditions allow. Crews will continue working on preparing the Sheephorn Lookout and the Iron Lake Forest Service facilities in case fire moves toward them in the future. More resources are becoming available and will be arriving over the weekend.
Weather, fuels, and topography continue to influence today’s fire progression. A high pressure system contributed to increasing temperatures, lowering humidity, and mild winds. The noticeable smoke contributed to lowering visibility to four miles and this smoke may have helped keep the temperatures lower than predicted. Tomorrow’s forecast indicates that smoke may be pushed out of the valley and we have significant potential to break the 101 degree record. Heavy fuels continue to feed the expanding fire.
Fire area closures are expanding and will be announced as planning efforts are completed. This closure is designed to protect the public as well as fire personnel. The temporary flight restriction was greatly expanded at 2 P.M. this afternoon and information can be found at NOTAM 8/5689. The restriction is for non-incident aircraft including drones. Remember –If You Fly, We Can’t!
For road closure information go to Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/)
Resources: 9 20-Person Crews, 22 Engines, 5 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders, 3 Helicopters and 387 Total Personnel
Please check the Rabbit Foot Fire on Inciweb or the US Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook page for updated information, the latest maps and photos.
Next update scheduled for 10 A.M. tomorrow