Fire season kicks
Express Staff Writer
season dawned on Idaho last week as hot weather and high winds fanned
flames across the stateís southern deserts, including several fires in
the Wood River Valley region.
Central Idaho Bureau of Land Management crews responded to 10 area fires
in three days. Most were caused by lightning strikes, but several were
caused by fireworks, said Fire Information Officer Sky Huffaker.
largest fire in Idaho, the 2,700-acre Jim Burns Fire, was still burning
Tuesday north of Richfield but was nearly contained, Huffaker said.
home, Wood River Valley municipal and federal fire fighting crews
quickly doused a blaze July 5 in the Indian Creek subdivision, northeast
of Hailey, that was allegedly started by a juvenile using fireworks.
According to a press release from Wood River Fire and Rescue, fire
danger in the area was very high due to high winds, dry fuel and steep
60 fire fighters from six departments worked to contain the fire by 3
p.m., three hours after agencies were dispatched. The fire was declared
extinguished at 6 p.m. after consuming 20 acres of sage and grass on
fire gained more momentum, it could have threatened several nearby
homes, said Wood River Fire and Rescue Chief Bart Lassman.
said the Wood River Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners will
review the fire and associated suppression costs and decide whether the
juvenile responsible, or the juvenileís family, should be liable for
prosecuted, the juvenile could face charges of second degree arson,
burned up some sagebrush, but it could have been a lot worse," he
said. "If thatís any indication of what the rest of the seasonís
going to be like, weíre preparing ourselves."
additional lightning-caused fires have sprung up around the region.
Wood River Fire and Rescue crews quickly extinguished a small,
lighting-caused fire on a ridge near Dela Mountain just west of Hailey
early Sunday morning.
Rural Fire Department also has extinguished and assisted on several area
fires, including a 20-acre blaze four miles south of Picabo and two
small fires west of Carey.
said all of last weekendís flare-ups have been completely
extinguished, except for the Jim Burns Fire, but pointed out that fire
danger will continue to rise as heat and dry weather continue to
just ask that everyone be extremely careful out there. Itís only going
to get worse," Lassman said.