Monday, May 13, 2013

Video: Huge Overnight Fire Lights Up Camas Prairie

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Officials in North Central Idaho's Lewis County declared a state of emergency overnight as law enforcement evacuated residents from the vicinity of a grain elevator fire in the small town of Craigmont. This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that a large column of smoke billowed across the Camas Prairie as the fire burned through the night.

Eyewitnesses saw flaming grain spill from the side of elevator and ignite a series of other blazes. Hazardous materials were removed from area soon after the fire was first reported Sunday afternoon. By late evening, the fire had destroyed a garbanzo bean elevator and three separate grain bins. The cause of the fire, which was fanned by brisk winds, is still unknown.

Residents were evacuated to a gymnasium at Highland High School in Craigmont. School was canceled for today.

Television station KREM-TV out of Spokane, reports that first responders from throughout the region assisted in battling the blaze, evacuating residents and providing security for the area around the Craigmont fire.

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