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Rabbit Foot Fire

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

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Aug. 19 Air Quality/Smoke Report

Rabbit Foot Fire Wildfire
News – 8/19/2018

Fire and Weather

Current fire acreage is 34,512. Mostly sunny with some afternoon clouds. Light winds out of the SE in the morning shifting to SW in the afternoon and WSW in the evening. Drier conditions today with no thunderstorms predicted. Fire activity will begin to increase slightly with clearing skies and increasing instability. Probability of Ignition 30-50% with maximum spotting distance of 0.3 mile. Conditions will change for Monday with winds shifting to NE and increased chance of thunderstorms. Increased moisture could limit fire spread but possible lightning could increase new fire starts. Smoke Forecast for Challis and Salmon The southerly winds should clear most of the smoke out of the Challis area Sunday afternoon after the morning inversion breaks around 12:30. Smoke from Rabbit Foot and Kiwah will be moderate to heavy in Salmon after 9 am and throughout the day. Smoke should clear out of Salmon by late evening and flow back into the Challis area as winds shift out of the NE. On Monday, NE winds and afternoon thunderstorm activity will lead to moderate to heavy smoke in both Salmon and Challis due to several fires in the area. Caution Travelers are advised to use caution and slower speeds on Hwy. 93 between Ellis and Salmon on Sunday afternoon and early evening as smoke may fill the corridor. Light smoke may impact visibility early AM to Noon along Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 93 near Challis.

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