Parital pay going to last-minute firefighters

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 11:55:40-05

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho says it will give partial payment to people who were hired by rural volunteer fire departments to help battle last summer's fire near Kamiah.

The Lewiston Tribune reported that State Forester David Groeschl says the Department of Lands will pay people for work performed between on Aug. 10-17, when traditional firefighting resources were used up and blazes were still raging.

He says they will get 65 percent of the standard rates for things like digging fire line or running water trucks.

According to Groeschl, the rural fire chiefs approached the state to ask if their hires could be compensated. The state usually only pays contractors its signs agreements with before the start of fire season.

But the department made an exception in this case.