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Fire destroys crashed semi, scorches hill

LUCILE – No injuries were reported in a chip truck accident south of Lucile last week that caused a minor 2.2-acre wildfire along a U.S. Highway 95 hillside. The semi-truck was destroyed and a portion of the trailer was damaged.

Details were limited due to a pending report by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

Initial information was the crash was reported at 12:24 p.m., milepost 203, involving a southbound semi-truck hauling wood chips. The semi reported suffered a blown front drive tire, causing it to pull left off the road into the cliff wall.

Eight personnel and four vehicles from Salmon River Rural Fire Department (SRRFD) responded to the scene, assisted by two crew members and one vehicle from the Riggins Fire Department. According to SRRFD secretary Melanie Yearsley, firefighters stayed at the ground to tackle the cab and trailer blaze and contain its spread along the roadway, while a Forest Service crew hit the fire up the hillside.

The Forest Service crew was promptly on scene, she said, however, “had the Forest Service not been there, we would have been up the hill fighting it.”

According to Josh Warden, acting district fire management officer, Salmon River Ranger District, the agency responded with three engines, a helicopter and 10 personnel. The fire burned on private ground, no structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. Containment was made around 6 p.m.

“We did have to respond the following morning around 3 a.m. when chips caught on fire in the ditch,” he added.


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