Idaho News

Friday, March 24, 2023

Fire damages Idaho Falls home

A home is damaged after a fire in IdahoFalls. It happened just after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday on the 1900 block of Henry Street. A person found a heat lamp for a pet had started bedding on fire within the pet's enclosure. The person tried to put the fire out but couldn't. As firefighters arrived, smoke could be seen coming out of the house.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls

The highways in Idaho with the most fatalities

Americans travel billions of cumulative interstate miles every year—statistically, accidents are almost a certainty. Still, many traffic crashes and subsequent fatalities are avoidable. In 2020, nearly 39,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways—an increase of roughly 7% from 2019, according to the most recent data released in 2022 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In nearly half of all fatal crashes, drivers were either speeding, impaired by alcohol, not wearing a seat belt, or some combination of those three, according to NHTSA. Highway driving, in particular, can lead to more serious or fatal accidents than on other roadways because vehicles are traveling at much greater speeds. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has earmarked tens of billions of dollars for programs that will improve road safety in the U.S., including programs to improve physical infrastructure, vehicle safety, and data collection.
KIFI-TV ABC/CBS 8 Idaho Falls

Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area video series: Forest health

VIDEO: During the forest health operation planning process, a lot of consideration is taken into account to benefit wildlife species. This video shows a meadow that provides a significant amount of wildlife value. In order to provide some security for wildlife species, a ban of trees were left alongside the road to create a buffer strip for a visual and sound obstruction between the road and meadow.
Idaho Fish and Game

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Massive explosion destroys building in Franklin County; 1 man in critical condition

A man in critical condition was airlifted to a burn unit in Salt Lake City Tuesday following a massive explosion that leveled an agricultural building in Franklin County. The explosion occurred around 6 a.m., in the small, unincorporated community of Thatcher. Firefighters from Franklin County, Caribou County and the city of Grace responded and discovered the approximately 10,000-square-foot building had been obliterated. Franklin County Fire Marshal Matt Gleed said that when they arrived at the scene, they could see that the building was completely destroyed. "It's not going to be rebuilt. They're gonna have to build an entirely new building," Gleed said. Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl said the building had been an indoor riding facility. News

Life on the Range documentary shows the impact of last summer’s Moose Fire

In 2022, the Moose Fire burned for four and a half months causing mass devastation while scorching a total of 130,235 acres in Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest and beyond. The fire started on July 17 when someone left a campfire unattended. It sparked what became the Moose Fire which quickly spread out of control. Life on the Range showcases the impact of the Moose Fire in a new documentary as the blaze took the lives of five firefighters, cost $100 million in fire suppression, and had a profound impact on locals living around Salmon, Idaho. Firefighters battled the blaze to protect private property, the town of Salmon, and the city's watershed. "Mother Nature was angry the first few days, it kicked our butt," said Eric Platz, who works in Salmon-Challis National Forest. "It didn’t matter what we did or what we threw at it, we still couldn’t catch this and we gave it everything we had."

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