Canyon County testing emergency wildfire siren

Canyon County testing emergency wildfire siren
Posted at 6:07 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 07:49:01-04

CANYON COUNTY, Idaho — Whenever a wildfire is spreading towards homes, getting out of the way or evacuation is essential to saving lives. That's why the Canyon County Parks Department sounded the alarm Tuesday morning.

The emergency siren is located at Celebration Park in Melba. Officials tested the siren to make sure it is ready to alert those in the area, if a real wildfire ever starts.

"This area is an area really prone to wildfires, most of the Snake River plain and Idaho is we actually have more square acres burned most years than pretty much anywhere else in the country. But you don't hear about it, because we don't have as many people here," said Juli McCay, the Canyon County Parks program manager.

Future siren tests are set for September and December 2019, as well as in March 2020.