Idaho News

Friday, June 14, 2024

Idaho fire departments receive new fire engines to improve rural fire readiness

The Bureau of Land Management has transferred surplus wildland fire engines to Idaho Fire Departments as summer heat continues to swell in the state. The Eagle Fire Department and Oasis Volunteer Fire Department work to combat wildfires in Idaho. Each received one Type 4 wildland fire engine, which can hold over 800 gallons of water and allow for rapid response to fires in the region. The transfers come as part of the Rural Fire Readiness Program which works to improve how local, rural, and volunteer fire departments operate in remote areas. Sean Marvin from Eagle Fire Department said, “This will be the first Type 4 brush truck in the department and enhance our capabilities fighting wildfires in the wildland urban interface around Eagle Fire Department Protection District.”

Father killed, sons injured in Clearwater County plane crash and fire

A Spokane father is dead and his two sons were flown to the hospital after their small single-engine plane caught on fire and crashed in Clearwater County. Clearwater County Sheriff’s say they received notification from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics that an emergency beacon from a plane was going off five miles north of Elk River. While emergency crews were en route, they received a 911 call from someone who picked up two people along the Basin Road who had been passengers in the plane. The 21-year-old and 14-year-old passengers said the plane had crashed and caught on fire and they were unable to get the pilot, their father, out of the plane due to the fire. Both the sons were transported to Sacred Heart in Spokane by air ambulance.
KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wildfire prevention may be leaving some Idahoans without power in the summer and fall months

Some people in southern Idaho may experience no air conditioning, lights, or refrigeration during the hottest months of the year. But it's all in hopes of keeping people safe. Idaho Power is conducting community outreach to ensure that people are aware of a program called the "Public Safety Power Shutoff" Plan (PSPS Plan). The plan includes shutting down power to certain areas, when weather conditions create an increased wildfire risk. "Our number one goal it the safety of the public and our communities," said Jon Axtman. He's the Director of Wildfire Mitigation and Transmission and Distribution Engineering. Even though the plan aims to keep people safe, it could still be leaving you in the dark.

Three brush fires detected in Southwest Idaho, signaling the start of fire season

As of Tuesday night, the GOES-West Satellite detected three different fires burning in the southwest Idaho region. The GOES-West Satellite is a satellite used by the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One of the fires is located in south Ada County east of Swan Falls. The second is located south of Jordan Valley and the third is north of Twin Falls. The Twin Falls Fire Department says that they are actively monitoring a fire in the Devil's Corral area. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the lead agency in managing this fire and the Rock Creek Fire Department is also on scene.

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