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Human-caused fire that burns two structures, 9.9 acres under inquiry

— State investigators are looking into last week’s human-caused fire that destroyed two structures and burned nearly 10 acres of grassland.

According to Ken Decker, assistant fire marshal for the Idaho Department of Lands Maggie Creek Fire District in Kamiah, the agency along with the state fire marshal’s office are handling the investigation.

The incident was reported at 5:22 p.m. last Wednesday, Aug. 16, by Roger Sams at Mule Deer and Doty roads, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. An acre to an acre-and-a-half grass fire was reported moving toward his neighbor’s house

According to Decker, 14 IDL personnel and three vehicles, and about a dozen Kamiah Rural Fire Department crews, along with four helicopters were involved in firefighting efforts. The fire destroyed a privately owned shed and barn, and damaged a third outbuilding. Also, some livestock – chickens and rabbits – perished in the fire, he said.

According to ICSO, the fire was contained around 6:43 p.m., and crews were working to protect area residences. Decker added a crew was kept on scene through the night, and subsequent property patrols were made for two consecutive days.

Defensive efforts were made to prevent the fire’s spread to the east, according to Decker, where there was potential for fire to threaten the nearby Pine Ridge Subdivision at Kamiah.


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