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Firefighters put out runaway controlled burn Friday afternoon


IDAHO FALLS — Firefighters put out a controlled burn north of Idaho Falls Friday afternoon after it got away from landowners.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department rushed to a property on the 1000 block of 81st North around 12:50 p.m. Fire Department spokeswoman Kerry Hammon says the person who called dispatch said there was a fast-moving grass fire about 100 feet from a trailer home.

The person who called dispatchers said they were trying to fight the fire themselves before it got out of control. They reported the fire covered about two acres. Before firefighters arrived people at the property made sure no one was inside the nearby home.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department sent several brush firefighting trucks to the scene where they got the blaze under control by 1:04 p.m. Firefighters were still there for a time after mopping up the hotspots.

Hammon says Friday’s fire marks the second controlled burn in two days that has gotten out of control and needed the Fire Department’s help.

Officials remind people living in Bonneville County to call dispatch at (208) 529-1200 before starting any controlled burn. Additionally, Hammon says anyone who feels their controlled burn getting out of control should call the fire department immediately.

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