Small blaze near Wellsville quickly extinguished, while fires burn in Southeastern Idaho

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> With the fire danger heightening every day, Cache County crews were quick to extinguish a small blaze near Wellsville around 3800 South on US Highway 89/91 Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m.

Cache County Deputy Fire Marshall Jason Winn said it was believed that fire was started by something coming off of a vehicle, and burned about an acre of barrow pit along the highway.

Following the blaze alongside the road, Winn said there was also a gas leak at the Heritage Farm around the same time that caused some flames. That fire was also quickly contained.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, valley residents could see smoke billowing from the North end of the valley towards Preston. Two fires started in Southeastern Idaho Friday, burning a combined 400-plus acres. The closest blaze is the Stockton Fire just south of Preston near Downey.

It was <a href=”http://www.localnews8.com/news/Firefighters-fight-2-Bannock-County-fires-evacuations-in-place/-/308662/15338896/-/2pnx2iz/-/index.html” target=”_blank”>reported</a> that the Stockton Fire was started by farming machinery, and had burned more than 200 acres. However, no structures had been harmed or appeared to be in harms way as crews from Franklin County, Downey, and the BLM were battling the blaze.

Winn said as of Thursday evening that Cache County Fire crews had not been asked to help with the blaze.

Another and more serious fire named the Charlotte Fire started in the Mink Creek area near Pocatello. As of Friday evening, that blaze was <a href=”http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_18a568b8-c163-11e1-8a1d-001a4bcf887a.html” target=”_blank”>reported</a> to have destroyed at least 10 homes and caused the evacuation of areas in and around Pocatello.

With the Fourth of July looming and firework sales beginning in earnest, LCPD Assistant Chief Jeff Curtis said Logan will also be increasing its firework restrictions again Friday morning. Check back with CacheValleyDaily.com to get the specifics on those. 

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