PHOTO: A 30-acre grass fire in south Boise has been ruled an accident.
Boise Fire says the fire started as a small burn that grew out of control in the area of W. Hollilynn Drive just after 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Several crews responded including Boise Fire and even the Idaho National Guard with a water tender.
“Despite the recent rainfall, we want to remind everyone that conditions in southern Idaho are still very dry and not safe for open burning,” said Boise Fire division chief Paul Roberts. “As we saw today, the sunshine and wind can quickly lead to dangerous fire conditions.” One person suffered a minor injury and no structures were threatened. Crews will remain on scene for mop-up duty.
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According to an Idaho Falls Police Department news release, police responded to the home of Eli Lewis, 42, around 6 p.m. in Pinewood Estates. Police reportedly were told he was threatening to burn down the home.
The house was already on fire when officers arrived. Two officers retrieved fire extinguishers from their patrol cars and approached the entrance of the house, believing Lewis may still be inside.
The officers did not enter due to the flames and heavy smoke. A neighbor informed the officers that they had spoken to Lewis over the phone, and he told them he was not inside the house.
The Idaho Falls Fire Department arrived on scene and doused the flames. While investigating the cause of the fire, police and firefighters found two bottles of lighter fluid, a small propane tank, a five-gallon propane tank and charcoal.
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A 71-year-old woman drowned in Fremont County on Saturday after their boat hit a rock and ejected everyone aboard.
The victim was Eileen Anderson of Idaho Falls. Police say the drowning happed on Henry's Fork in between Warm River and Ashton.
At around 2:00 p.m. Fremont County Emergency Dispatched got a call about a possible drowning victim.
Police learned a group of people was floating in a drift boat when they hit a rock, ejecting all of the occupants into the water. Responders had to scale down a rock cliff to get to the scene. Police then had to float the victim downstream to the next cabin.
Life-saving measures were performed and the victim was transported by ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
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