Photo by David Rauzi
Steve Frei (center) of Grangeville was among those volunteers who helped fight last Friday’s stubble field fire off Old Highway 7.
As of Tuesday, September 23, 2014
GRANGEVILLE – Cause is undetermined for a wildfire that burned more than 100 acres of private stubble fields off Old Highway 7 last Friday, Sept. 19.
No injuries or structure damage were reported, though the fire – periodically driven by gusting east winds — did near a residence on McBoyle Road and a nearby pumphouse, and some adjacent livestock. Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is investigating the incident.
Located several miles northwest of Grangeville, the Almost Fire was called in at 9:42 a.m. According to information from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and also Fire Warden Jeremiah Miller, IDL Craig Mountain Fire Protection District, crews with Grangeville Rural Fire Department, CHS Primeland and McGregor Company, along with area farmers responded to the scene. Engines and water trucks were deployed, as well as a tractor to create fireline to prevent the blaze’s spread to adjacent fields and possibly jumping Highway 7. IDL responded with personnel, three engines and a water bucket helicopter.
Though the fire was in an IDL jurisdictional “gray area,” Miller said this was not something they could just stand by and watch burn: “We try to be good neighbors and help people out,” he said.
Firefighters had the scene fairly contained and in mop-up phase, around 11:04 a.m., and the last IDL crews were released from the scene by 3 p.m.