Idaho News

Friday, May 24, 2024

Firefighter driving home from work discovers fire at Idaho Falls asphalt hot plant

PHOTO: The Idaho Falls Fire Department responded to a fire at an industrial facility on the 1500 block of East 49th North Friday morning. A firefighter driving home from work called dispatch around 1:35 a.m. to report a possible structure fire near East 49th North and North 15th East at an asphalt plant. Firefighters discovered approximately 30-foot flames next to tanks of oil stoked by a natural gas line. Firefighters began putting water on the fire while the natural gas and electricity to the asphalt plant were turned off. The flames then extinguished, but firefighters remained on the scene while they continued to put water on the tanks and equipment to reduce the heat. IFFD responded with three engines, two water tenders, two ambulances, a ladder truck and a battalion chief. There were no injuries to either civilians or firefighters.
East Idaho News

Region: Living with wildfires in the Pacific Northwest

The impacts of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are worsening in the western United States. In this series, our Environment Northwest team looks at recent fire history in western and eastern Washington, Idaho and Oregon — and what the worsening impacts mean for the future of our region. Wildfire season in the Northwest is expected to be active this year. The El Niño that brought warmer temperatures and drier conditions to the region this past winter will continue through most of the summer. There are signs of La Niña conditions forming, but the cool, wet pattern likely won’t return until later this fall. An abnormally warm dry winter in Washington and north Idaho led to a below-average snowpack in the Olympic Mountains, North Cascades, and the Northern Rockies.
KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Idaho Power to host virtual meetings on wildfire safety and public safety power shutoffs

As Idaho Power prepares for wildfire season, the company is hosting three virtual meetings in early June to discuss measures it is taking to keep communities safe from wildfire, and help customers prepare in case of a public safety power shutoff (PSPS) or other outage. A PSPS is when an electrical utility like Idaho Power proactively turns off power to an area when wildfire risk is high due to extreme weather. It is one of many efforts Idaho Power can take to keep communities safe. Other safety measures that could cause outages include limiting the automatic re-energization of lines to help prevent sparks. This is the company’s third summer with a PSPS plan in place. Idaho Power has never had to call a PSPS event but encourages all customers to be prepared for potential outages, regardless of the cause.
KMVT-TV CBS/CW+ 11 Twin Falls

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