Carey Residents React To Preacher Fire


By KMVT News

Carey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) What started off as a 7,000 acre fire ended up roughly 31,000 acres due to the blustery wind conditions on Tuesday.

"The winds were very erratic yesterday due to thunderstorms that came through the area, so that kicked up a lot of fire activity, crews were having a hard time because the winds would shift and the would turn into a whole different direction so they were struggling against mother nature more or less but they got a pretty good handle on things and things are looking a lot better today," said Kelsey Dehoney, Bureau of Land Management Public Information Officer.

Winds reached up to 40 mph fueling the fire.
A resident of Carey is concerned for safety of the town.

"A lot of my friends live in this direction and we were all worried about their structures being damaged and it's pretty scary, it really was,” said Mary Stiffler, Carey resident.

13 engines, two water tenders, four dozers and six air tankers are being used to contain the fire.

Dehoney with the BLM says that crews are starting to get control.

"The guys have been doing a great job out on the line there working hard there doing a lot of extra hours doing the best they can,” said Dehoney. “The crews are getting a handle on things, things are starting to look good so there doing a great job."

Other residents are unfazed by the fire.

"The fire department and everybody is doing a good job as long as the prevailing winds are from the west we should be OK," said Tedd Shredd, Carey resident.

While many hope for the firefighter's safety and containment of the fire soon.

"I just wish all the firefighters to be safe and well hopefully they'll get it under control soon," said Stiffler.

Crews hope that winds will be in their favor over the next couple of days as they try to contain the fire.

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