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
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.
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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.
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