Idaho Fire Season Expected Early and Be Worse Than Last Year
A house fire took out a Boise Duplex over the weekend. Luckily no one was hurt and the amazing Firemen and According to KTVB, first responders from Boise Firehouse 8 rescued two dogs and a cat from the burning home and equipped them with oxygen until they could get to a vet for further treatment. House fires are not the only thing to watch out for, especially this year.
It is hard to imagine a worse fire year than last year, while Idaho had definite burn damage it didn't come close to the overwhelming wildfire destruction that Oregon and California faced last year. This year Idaho's fire season may start sooner and be worse than recent years. According to KTVB, there has been such a lack of rainfall that farmers irrigation has been drastically reduced also.
KTVB reported that in 2020, Idaho had 944 wildfires, - a mild season, according to the Bureau of Land Management. However it currently has the makings of being worse this year. BLM also warns that the homes with the highest risk are ones that bump right up to lots of wildland. Northwest Boise and the parts of Eagle that back up to the foothills.
Out of the 944 wildfires, about 300 were from lightning, the others man made, the vast majority of course accidental. One recent fire in Hailey was far from accidental though. It was a major arson fire that destroyed The Croy Street Exchange Building on March 16th. The building thank goodness was vacant and being renovated at the time of the fire so no one was hurt. There is now a $10,000 reward offered for information about the Hailey fire. KTVB reports that The Idaho State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are each offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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