Idaho News

Monday, June 24, 2024

Boise Fire Department says large fire caused by a tractor mowing a field

A large fire in Boise was caused by a tractor mowing a field according to the Boise Fire Department (BFD). The fire happened on the afternoon of Friday, June 21. "Yesterday, as firefighters were battling the Polecat Fire, Boise, Meridian, and Gowen Field Fire Departments were dispatched to a grass fire on W McGlochlin St. Engine 17 arrived on scene first to find a two-acre grass fire threatening machinery and outbuildings," the department said. BFD extinguished the fire quickly after assessing the cause, using three engines and a water tender.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Boise River floating season could start as soon as June 27, officials say

Triple digit temperatures are on the horizon across Southwest Idaho, and a nice, cool dip in the river is enticing. Currently, river conditions are not suitable for recreation, as the flows are fast and cold. However, starting June 27, the Boise River floating season will kick off. On June 20, Float the Boise partner agencies Ada County Parks and Waterways, Boise Parks and Recreation and Boise Fire gathered to announce the official kick off to the 2024 float season, according to a news release. The partner agencies have been closing monitoring conditions on the river. Flows are expected to drop below the 1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) early next week, which will get the flow into more typical float conditions. The anticipated decrease in river speed will help Boise Fire to conduct "additional mitigation of hazards," said the news release.

Idaho struggles to hire enough firefighters for upcoming wildland fire season

The state is struggling to hire enough firefighters for the upcoming wildfire season. Presenting in front of Idaho’s Board of Land Commissioners on Tuesday, Fire Management Chief Josh Harvey said it’s been difficult to retain experienced seasonal wildland firefighters, engine bosses, and specifically, incident commanders. “It’s a pretty niche job,” he said. “We're competing with our neighboring states, contractors as well. So, the opportunities are there, the bodies are not.” The challenge, Harvey said, is getting people into entry level positions, which pay $16 an hour. Once hired, he said folks have long term ways to climb up ranks. Most hires, Harvey added, are already firefighters. Currently, the state has 141 seasonal firefighters hired for the 2024 fire season and only 18 out the 31 engine chief positions, or less than 60%, are filled.
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