More firefighters called to fight Rattlesnake Creek Fire in Idaho

More firefighters called to fight Rattlesnake Creek Fire in Idaho
The Rattlesnake Creek Fire started on July 23 near the community of Pollock, Idaho. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

UPDATE (7/31): Rattlesnake Creek Fire is now burning 3,789 acres, and is 25 percent contained. According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is human caused.

UPDATE (7/30): The fire is burning 3,620 acres, and is 18 percent contained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE (7/26): The Rattlesnake Creek Fire is now burning 3,043 acres, and is still 0 percent contained. 423 firefighters are working to fight the fire.

UPDATE (7/25): As of Wednesday, the fire is 2,643 acres in size and 0 percent contained.

Private property and structures in the Pollock, Idaho and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas is still threatened, as is Highway 95.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office has issued pre-evacuation notices to residents in the North Pollock and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates. The latest information on evacuations will be posted to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

There are also some areas of the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests closed.

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More firefighters are being called in to fight a wildfire near the community of Pollock in west-central Idaho.

As of Tuesday, the Rattlesnake Creek Fire has scorched about 500 acres of timber and grass in rugged terrain about 10 miles south of Riggins on the west side of U.S. Route 95.

Fire spokeswoman Jeannette Dreadfulwater says firefighters are working to protect homes in Pollock. She says there are no evacuations.

The cause of the fire that started at about noon on Monday is unknown. Officials say it has the potential to spread.