The proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 drew criticism from nearly a dozen residents Tuesday night across a variety of topics, including services on the city’s fringes, public safety and spending priorities in general.
One after the other residents stood before council and expressed frustration with planned parks still without amenities, worries about fire station coverage in portions of the city and concerns that the city is overtaxing its residents during a housing crisis. Some pointed to growing fears in Northwest Boise that there is inadequate fire coverage. City officials are working on plans to build a fire station on Gary Lane and solidify a mutual aid agreement with the City of Eagle, but residents fear a station in this area will leave a coverage gap. City officials say the plans for the area will be enough to keep residents safe, but the topic continues to be a one of discussion brought up time and time again in front of city officials.
KBOI-TV CBS 2 Boise
The National Forest Service announced Tuesday afternoon that multiple fires are burning in the Boise National Forest.
Fire crews are responding to several fires within the Cascade and Lowman districts, according to a news release.
One of the fires, the Canyon Fire, was roughly 137 acres Tuesday, and is located southeast of the Bull Trout Campground and 14 miles west of Stanley.
According to the news release, the steep terrain is making the fire difficult for firefighters to access the area. There are 113 firefighters on scene that include ground crews, helicopters and engines, as well as other resources, according to the news release.
Firefighters are also responding to smoke near Warm Lake in the Cascade Ranger district, though those fires are reported to be less than an acre in size.
As of Tuesday there is no threat to life or property, according to the news release.
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune - Metered Site
The Twin Falls Fire Department responded to a house fire Tuesday morning on Lenore Street.
Fire Chief Les Kenworthy said that the initial call was for smoke coming out of a residence.
"We arrived on scene, and we didn't see anything from the exterior but once we got inside, the house was charged with smoke," Kenworthy said.
The fire started in the basement underneath a one-story house.
"We charged a line just like protocols that we have for something like this," he said. "Our people went inside and tried to determine where the fire was occurring."
No one was hurt. Kenworthy said there was a dog in the backyard, but he was fine, too.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
KMVT-TV 11 Twin Falls
Firefighters extinguished two brush fires in the Pocatello area on Tuesday before either blaze could damage any structures or cause any injuries.
One of the brush fires occurred in the mountains south of Pocatello while the other ignited on the Gate City's east side.
The first and larger of the blazes was reported around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of East Fork Mink Creek Road and Lead Draw south of Pocatello. Pocatello Valley and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded to the fire and had it extinguished by 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire scorched at least 10 acres of mountainous terrain and its cause remains under investigation.
The second fire ignited around 7 p.m. Tuesday during a thunderstorm and was caused by lightning striking a tree in the area of the disc golf course off of East Terry Street on Pocatello's east side.
Idaho State Journal
Just last week, three people in Boise died during a fire in a house that didn’t have smoke detectors.
Tuesday morning, the Twin Falls Fire Department responded to a fire on Lenore Street, and the fire chief said he didn’t hear the detectors when they arrived on scene.
“Just listening, I didn’t hear a lot of smoke detectors going off, it’s a good reminder," Chief Les Kenworthy said. "Check your smoke detectors. Always make sure those are working."
Fire Marshal Tim Lauda says there are a few easy things that homeowners should do to make sure their smoke detectors are working.
“Once a month, push the button on the smoke detector, it should make a beep. If it’s beeping, you’re OK," Lauda said.
KMVT-TV 11 Twin Falls