Fire fighters quickly contain Oneida Fire near Preston

Fire fighters have quickly been able to contain the Oneida Fire that was burning approximately six miles northeast of Preston, in the Mink Creek area. Fire managers announced the fire was 100 percent contained Thursday night.

The blaze started on private land Wednesday afternoon and burned 911 acres. The cause remains under investigation.

Fire fighters from northern Utah and southern Idaho were dispatched to help fight the fire. They were later assisted by additional crews from the US Forrest Service. In all, six engines, one hand-crew and two bulldozers helped contain the blaze. They were assisted by several planes and helicopters that helped drop retardant and water on hot spots.

Firefighters reported the blaze was kept from burning any homes but came close enough to melt the vinyl siding of some structures. It was fueled by dry grass, brush and maple trees. Winds continued to push flames, spreading the fire and pushing the blaze against containment lines.

Fire managers report the burned area’s interior is still smoldering and crews will continue mopping up hot spots until the fire can be called fully controlled and out.


will@cvradio.com

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