Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on July 2, the Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD) and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to the 6000 block of E. Panorama Drive in Bonneville County after an individual saw smoke coming from the top of a house and called the Bonneville County/Idaho Falls Dispatch Center.
A severe thunderstorm warning from Blackfoot north to Rigby was issued by the US National Weather Service in Pocatello just after 5 p.m. this evening. During the fire investigation, an individual reported witnessing a bolt of lightning hit near the home.
None of the occupants were home when the fire started. All pets, with the exception of two cats, fled from the home without injury before emergency personnel arrived. The two cats were later found by firefighters safe inside the garage after the fire was extinguished.
Idaho State Journal
PHOTOS: An RV caught fire near Idaho Falls Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses tell EastIdahoNews.com it happened just before 5 p.m. The RV was traveling on U.S. Highway 26 and erupted in flames.
Sgt. Bryan Lovell with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office confirms it happened at milepost 360, which is about four miles east of the Lane Clark rest area between Ririe and Swan Valley.
Lovell says the driver was headed towards Idaho Falls at the time. He isn’t sure what caused it, but he says no one was hurt. It’s not clear if the driver was a man or a woman or how many people were involved.
Central Fire District in Jefferson County responded and was able to put the fire out shortly after arriving. Idaho State Police helped direct traffic during the ordeal.
EastIdahoNews.com will provide additional details if we get any new information.
East Idaho News
You never know where you are going to see Selkirk Fire crews training.
It might be off the side of a bridge or over a cliff. In mid-June, their training had them perched atop several of the majestic trees at Farmin Park.
It's all part of a continuous effort by the fire department to train for situations they hope never happen, but for which they want to be prepared in case they do. The most recent training was inspired by a situation a few years ago in which an arborist was injured at the top of a tree and unable to make his way down.
"He was all the way at the top of the tree, and was injured and couldn't get back down," Glen Cassidy, Selkirk captain and EMT, said. "Getting to him wasn't too bad, but trying to figure out how to get him down, [that was] a challenge because there's nothing above him for us to set anchors … so that we could get him into a rope system and lower him to the ground."
Bonner County Daily Bee
A wildfire reported off of Talon Lane, near the World Center for Birds of Prey south of Boise, has been fully contained. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates it will be controlled by 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire was reported at about 8:17 p.m. Monday night. Smoke was visible for miles.
Boise Fire Department crews and Ada County deputies initially responded to the incident, but the fire burned onto land protected by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and is now under unified command. BLM dispatched four engines and a dozer to the fire.
BLM's Jared Jablonski said that the fire spread to 114 acres and that the cause was shooting-related.
"We also want the public to be aware that even if following the Prevention Order when shooting, starting a wildfire is still possible. Please think twice about shooting on hot, dry and windy days, and always bring water, a fire extinguisher, and a shovel with you," Jablonski said.
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