Could California size fires happen here? Boise Fire Dept. says yes and no

Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 19:12:12-05

California fires are still raging, torching thousands of homes and the danger is far from over.
Could that happen here? The answer is yes, and no.  

Since the Oregon Trails Fire ten years ago, the Boise Fire Department has trained with the bureau of land management to get rid of fuel for urban fires and shorten the response time. The training means better odds in worst case scenarios.

"In some areas of California this was light, flashy fuel just like we have around here, but as soon as you put homes on steep slopes, and the fire starts, the wind-driven fires are really hard to stop, and those types of things could and have happened here before," said Boise City Fire Department Chief Dennis Doan. 

Our local fire departments use an app called code-red to alert homeowners in our area if there are fire or evacuation concerns, helping those in danger act quickly to get to safety.


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