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Fire escapes, burns acres above US 12

Don’t take the spring weather for granted, advise state officials when it comes to fire.

“Even with all the moisture out there, it’s drier than people think,” said Dave Summers, resource supervisor/fire warden for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Fire District.

Multiple fire agencies responded to an out-of-control debris burn moving up the hillside, reported last Saturday, April 12, 12:25 p.m., on U.S. Highway 12 approximately seven miles west of Syringa.

Crews with the Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department, including two vehicles, responded to the scene, and due to the extent of the blaze called in IDL assistance, according to Summers. Coincidentally, IDL was putting on a rural firefighter fire training on top of Glenwood Road at the time, “and when the call came in we dispatched from there and met a few folks on the way.” Also joining the effort were five personnel with the Forest Service.

Crews with the three agencies succeeded in containing the fire around 8 p.m. that burned between 13 to 15 acres. Mostly pine needles and a coupled of trees were torched, according to Summers; basically an underburn in a ponderosa pine stand. No structures were affected, and no injuries were reported.

“People need to be careful,” advised Summers, noting the area rural fire departments have been making runs lately on controlled burns that have gotten out of hand. “They should have a charged water hose at the scene. Watch the weather, especially where winds are concerned. And never leave a fire unattended.”


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