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How the Magic Valley can prepare for wildfires this season

Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 10:24 AM MDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 10:25 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Fire departments across the country are in the midst of preparing what projects to be a very busy wildfire season.

Here in the Magic Valley, the Twin Falls Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has paired with property owners to execute field training and property preparation in the lead-up to the season.

“She connected us with the BLM and they have just been great,” said Oregon Trail property owner Brenda Allen. “They’ve come in the area and made all the arrangements and we have some training crews down here. Their purpose, I believe, is to protect this area from future fire problems.”

On the schedule for Friday and Saturday was power saw training, where sawyer trainees got to perfect their craft without the threat of approaching fires.

Now, not everyone has access to a chainsaw, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure your fire risk is at a minimum.

“Keeping the trees from overhanging your house is a big one, removing woodpiles and the propane tanks away from the side of your house, keeping them at least 100 feet from your home and clearing out the debris underneath decks, in gutters [and] where the roofs meet,” said BLM representative Kelsey Brizendine.

While much of what causes wildfires are out of our control, Brizendine says many fire departments are circling an upcoming weekend as a potential day for disaster.

“Fourth of July is coming up. Remember that fireworks, exploding targets, things made to explode are prohibited on public lands so avoid them this time of year. It’s really dry, it’s really dry,” Brizendine said. “Avoid those fireworks, just go to the sponsored firework shows because, you know, one firework in the wrong place can really cause havoc.”

For more information about how to keep your property safe, you can visit Idaho Firewise or the Mid Snake Resource, Conservation and Development group websites for tips and strategies to keep yourself out of harm’s way.

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