Pillar Falls Fire update
At this point the Fire Marshal has yet to determine the cause of the fire.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday the Pillar Falls Fire broke out and set 40 acres of the Snake River Canyon ablaze.
This area of the canyon is a major attraction, especially during the summer months and residents in the area were heartbroken to see it burn.
“Shock, sadness. Twin Falls is known for the canyon and the beauty,” said property owner Karen Perron. “So, it is sad to see that we are going to lose some for a bit.”
Local fire officials along with the Bureau of Land Management responded to the scene and were able to contain the fire after just over two hours.
“And it was approximately 7:50, I believe when the helicopter resources came from McCall, and then it wasn’t too long after that it was contained or determined to be contained,” said City of Twin Falls’ Joshua Palmer. “That’s the same time that they reopened the roads and announced to residents that it was safe to return to their homes.”
After containing the fire, emergency responders continued into the morning hours to fully extinguish the blaze.
What many people are unaware of is that much of that area within that burn is privately owned. Now, while public access is allowed, it’s not guaranteed, and the owners of the property ask visitors of the area to be safe and respectful during what will be a dry and hot summer.
The Perron family hopes to see the area returned to its glory as fast as possible.
“We’re wanting to work with everyone and plant grass, plant trees, plant bushes and speed it along so that we can all enjoy it at a faster pace,” Perron said.
At this point the Fire Marshal has yet to determine the cause of the fire, KMVT will inform you of any updates as they are made available.
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