VIDEO: Fire crews across southern Idaho have been busy responding to blazes across the region.
KMVT’s Zach Bruhl talks to a crew that has been actively fighting incidents, like the Bray Fire, about how a busy start could impact the rest of the season.
When responding to fires, the Bureau of land Management has safety protocols in place to ensure crews are not over-exerting themselves on the job.
“For every two hours they work, they need to have one hour of rest. So, generally speaking, we try not to work them much more than 15-16 hours in a day, because that gives them 8 hours off to rest and recoup for the next day,” said Kelsey Brizendine, from the Twin Falls BLM Fire Management Program. But, in certain circumstances, that protocol can be broken.
Big fires, ones that threaten lives or property, fires nearing the end and other scenarios can result in extreme measures being taken.