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Preparing for Fireworks: Controlled Burn at Snake River Landing

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2018 IFFD controlled burn at Snake River Landing. | Courtesy Idaho Falls Fire Department

The following is a news release from the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Fire Department will be conducting a controlled burn along Milligan Road in Snake River Landing on Sunday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

IFFD is asking the public to stay clear of the controlled burn along Milligan Road from just south of the intersection of Milligan Road and Pier View Drive to south of The Waterfront in Snake River Landing.

“Road signs will be placed at the point where Milligan Road turns from a paved road to a dirt road, IFFD spokeswoman Kerry Hammon said. “We are asking the public to obey the signs and not go beyond that point or risk getting trapped on a dead end road where we are burning,” adds Hammon.

The live burn is necessary to burn off brush along the riverbank in preparation for the fireworks display during the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration at Snake River Landing on July 3. Reducing fuels will alleviate secondary fires due to fall out from the fireworks display. Firefighters are also using the opportunity to train personnel on prescribed burns, wildland fuels management, and incident command positions.

Hammon states, “Unfortunately, we’ve had some recent structure fires and brush fires, so we want to provide advanced notification so that when people see smoke and flames they know it is us burning. We also want to reassure residents and businesses in the area that firefighters will be closely monitoring and controlling the burn,” adds Hammon.