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Wind pushes controlled burn into wildfire outside of Idaho Falls


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Courtesy Alexa Cooper

IDAHO FALLS — Firefighters worked to put out a field fire west of Idaho Falls Friday afternoon.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department received a call around 3:50 p.m. about a controlled burn that got out of control on the 3000 block of North 26th West, according to IFPD spokeswoman Kerry Hammon. Firefighters rushed to the fire and had it under control by 4:30 p.m.

Hammon says the fire is estimated to have burned about 1.5 acres of dry grass and some trees.

For the past several weeks, eastern Idaho fire departments have been dealing with wildfires that started out as controlled burns. With the strong winds, Hammon says it’s easy for these controlled burns to get out of control. For those in the county able to burn, it’s advised to be mindful of the weather conditions.

Courtesy Idaho Falls Fire Department