The Rush Creek Fire started at the confluence of Telephone and Rush Creeks, 14 miles southwest of Taylor Ranch (origin lat/long: 45 59 00 x 114 59 35). After initial attack was unsuccessful, crews moved on to point protection. On Wednesday, July 21, 11 members of the Alta Hotshots were flown out to work on setting up pumps and hoses and cutting back flammable vegetation for point protection at the University of Idaho research station at Taylor Ranch. They completed that work and were brought out by helicopter on Monday, July 26.
An infrared overflight mission in the early morning of August 3rd mapped the fire at 3,181 acres. Due to the remote location, the fire will remain unstaffed and this will be the last Inciweb update until conditions and fire behavior change.