Idaho News

Friday, August 12, 2022

Kuna Rural Fire Department commissioners pass levy, bond resolutions to try to increase funding

Kuna has been growing quickly and it seems more homes are being put up in the area than ever before. Because of the growth, the Kuna Rural Fire Department officials say they are having trouble effectively serving residents. The town has just one fire station and a small amount of staff serving the entire community and they say they need more funding. The Board of Fire commissioners for the Kuna Rural Fire District unanimously approved placing a small operating levy increase for additional firefighters and a bond for a fire station on the general election ballot. Fire district officials say the operating levy increase would allow for more emergency personnel and the bond would help to add another new fire station to the area.

Firefighters contain Ross Fork and Michaud Creek blazes after nearly 7,000 total acres scorched

Firefighters have contained two wildfires that ignited near Pocatello this week and collectively scorched nearly 7,000 acres. The first blaze erupted in the Ross Fork Area on the Fort Hall Reservation near Pocatello around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Ross Fork blaze scorched 6,391 acres by the time it was 100 percent contained Thursday, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire’s primary fuel sources were brush and high grass, the BLM said. Residents in the area of the Ross Fork fire were evacuated Tuesday and Wednesday as firefighters battled the blaze. Authorities believed firefighters controlled the blaze after battling it all Tuesday night, but it reignited Wednesday afternoon, resulting in additional evacuations.
Idaho State Journal

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Moose Fire grows to 74,470 acres; full containment estimated for September 15

The Moose Fire grew to more than 74,470 acres — 116 square miles — on Wednesday, but firefighters are making progress on containing the blaze. The fire, burning southwest of North Fork near Salmon, started on July 17. The blaze is currently 21% contained, with full containment estimated for Sept. 15, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management InciWeb website. So far, no injuries or major property damage have been reported from the fire, although two pilots assisting with the fire were killed in a helicopter crash on the Salmon River on July 21. There are currently 10 helicopters helping with the Moose Fire, along with 66 engines and some 1,432 firefighters. The fire, which is human-caused, is still under investigation. Recently, engine crews have been responding to spot fires northeast of Jackass Ridge. Firefighters also have extended containment lines along the U.S. Highway 93 corridor.
East Idaho News

Woodtick and Norton fires continue to grow

The lightning caused Woodtick Fire has burned 5,531 acres, and the lightning caused Norton Fire has burned 407 acres. Cloud conditions were seen over the fire areas Wednesday bringing cooler conditions and moisture with the monsoonal low-pressure system coming in from the south the day before. Damper conditions are favorable for reducing fire behavior Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms are to be expected throughout the weekend, with the potential for wetting rain and light winds, with smoke less visible from nearby communities than in past days. Fire behavior was quiet Wednesday, with minimal growth due to precipitation over the fire area and the incoming cold front in the afternoon. Although both fires receive and expect moisture throughout the weekend, these showers will not entirely extinguish the fire. Even though wet conditions are present, fire still has the potential to spread.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls

Big smiles at the Paradise Valley Fire Department pancake breakfast

PHOTO: Neighbors came out to breakfast and supported the Paradise Valley Fire Department at their pancake breakfast Saturday, Aug. 6. All ages were in attendance with neighbors new and long-term catching up and being introduced over hearty huckleberry pancakes, bacon and a cup of joe. Kids were amazed by the new fire truck as a PVFD volunteer showed them the new equipment and let the little ones sit in the truck. Volunteers also emphasize the importance of volunteering at the fire department. Paradise Valley Fire District is a 65-square-mile rural fire district located southeast of the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The district currently maintains two fire stations to protect the lives and property of the 2,600 Paradise Valley residents, who make up nearly 25% of Boundary County’s total population.
Bonners Ferry Herald

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