Brush fire west of Preston destroys 10 acres

Fire crews in Franklin County spent several hours Monday battling a small brush fire west of Preston, Idaho that destroyed 10 acres.

Crews were called to an agriculture field about a mile and half west of Preston near Highway 36 at 10:53, according to Franklin County Fire Marshall Matt Gleed.

Gleed said the owner of the property was hauling hay into a nearby field to feed his cattle when he noticed the smoke and called fire dispatch.

It took crews 15 minutes to bring the flames under control and several hours to mop up the hot spots.

It was a pretty good fire there for a minute,” said Gleed. “There was a lot of sage brush and we were trying to make sure it was out so that if the wind comes up this afternoon we don’t have any reignites.”

A total of 12 firefighters helped contain the fire. A water tender, three Type 6 brush trucks and a UTV skid unit were brought in to aid fire crews.

Gleed said there was a lot of lightening in the area overnight, however the cause of the fire is undetermined at this point.

There were no injuries.


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