On this unofficial first weekend of summer, firefighters in Eastern Idaho got a taste of what lies in store for them in the coming months as firefighting companies from several agencies worked through Sunday night, battling and then mopping up multiple brush fires in Bingham County.
Dispatchers said many of the fires were sparked between Simplot Road to the Ross Fork Cemetery on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Initially, one structure was in danger, but firefighters successfully kept the flames in check. Officials said their initial conclusion was that the fires were the result of controlled burns that got out of control.
This morning's Idaho State Journal reports that fire companies from Fort Hall, Pocatello, Chubbuck and Blackfoot were joined by firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Snake River Hot Shots and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
No injuries were reported from the fires.