Idaho News

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

State Participates in Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. In 2017, the Foundation created Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Since then, Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters has expanded to include fire departments and families lighting their homes in red. As dusk turns to dark, landmarks, homes, fire service organizations, and businesses across the country will again glow in respect from October 2 – 9, 2022, to the fallen and their families.

Open house in Boundary County to detail firefighting efforts

An open house detailing efforts to fight the Kootenai River Complex fires is being held today. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge barn. There will be no formal presentation and residents are invited to stop by, look at maps and talk to representatives from the fire management team, the Bonners Ferry Ranger District and local government. "This time of year, fire activity is significantly reduced due to shorter days, lower temperatures and higher daytime humidity," officials said. "However, a season-ending event has not yet occurred, and fire remains on the landscape." That means residents can expect to see continued smoke until the snow falls or significant rain occurs, Bonners Ferry Ranger District officials said. "Still, with decreased fire behavior, the threat is much less than it was earlier in the season," officials said.
Bonner County Daily Bee

Monday, October 3, 2022

Moose Fire 75% contained

VIDEO: Firefighters are steadily working towards full containment on the Moose Fire near Salmon. After more than a week of minimal growth, the 130,112-acre blaze is 75% contained, according to a Saturday morning news release from Salmon-Challis National Forest. Full containment is estimated for Oct. 31. Crews are anticipating additional progress this weekend due to cooler temperatures and cloudy skies. “Heavier cloud cover will contribute to higher relative humidity. The increased RH will raise the moisture levels in fuels and help to further decrease the surface spread of the fire,” fire officials say in a news release. “The Fuels Removal Group working the powerline corridor will continue dozer line repair and slash spreading.” Idaho Power located a downed power line in the vicinity of the fire Friday because of a fallen tree.
East Idaho News

Bannock County burn ban extended through October 15

The Bannock County Commissioners voted Friday to extend the county-wide burn ban through Oct. 15, 2022. The ban, which began on July 1, extends to certain types of fires for most parts of Bannock County: Inkom Downey, Arimo, McCammon, Lava, Pocatello Valley, Chubbuck, Pocatello and North Bannock Fire District. Many of the fire officials from the municipalities and fire districts throughout Bannock County worked together to create a unified burn ban with the intent of reducing the risk of wildfires. “The potential for wildfires has not reduced enough for us to safely let it expire. We appreciate Bannock County residents continuing their efforts to reduce the risk of fires,” said Wes Jones, Director of the Bannock County Office of Emergency Management.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls

Twin Falls Firefighters Stop Garage Fire From Spreading to House

Firefighters were able to keep a fire from spreading to a house Friday afternoon when a garage went up in flames. According to the Twin Falls Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Schmitz, fire crews responded to the 2600 block of Longbow Dr at a little after 1 p.m. for a garage engulfed by flames. Crews kept the fire from moving into the attached house. A small room above the garage was destroyed and all contents in the garage. Everyone, including pets, made it out of the house safely without any injury. The house had some smoke damage. The residents won't be able to live in it for a time.
KLIX-FM 96.1 Twin Falls

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