BLM Fire Recap


By Rachel Holt

Shoshone, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )

For some like Chris Simonson, the changing of the seasons is a time of relief.

Says Simonson of the Twin Falls District BLM, "For as busy as it was, for a long time through July and August we saw some pretty extreme weather conditions."

Chris Anthony, Fire Operations Supervisor, adds, "I think we were really successful this season in suppressing the majority of the wildfires."

Simonson says, "It just shows that country up there to the north, it hasn't burned in many years so it was just ready to burn this year. All of our signs were pointing towards it being a busy season there and it proved to be true."

This year, more than 270 thousand acres burnt in the Twin Falls BLM and Sawtooth regions.

As we near the cooler months and people let their guard down, they should be cautioned that there is the possibility of wildfires in the next couple of months.

Simonson says, "Last few years we've had pretty active fires into September and October, pretty active fire seasons. I expect we'll have more fires, I don't expect any more large fires."

Anthony adds, "We just had a fire two to four days ago that went 3,000 acres. Fuels are still pretty dry even though we have had some moisture but I think people just need to use common sense and best judgment."

The cool weather is coming in, but officials including Simonson warn that we're not out of the woods yet.

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