Monday, April 6, 2015

UPDATE: Several People Arrested at Scene of Early Morning Boise Fire

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Valeria Madrid, 40, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Valeria Madrid, 40, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer
UPDATE: April 6, 2015 11 a.m.

Boise Police report that that they assisted Boise firefighters early Monday morning following a report of a car fire which threatened a home on the 1700 block of North Cole Road.

Police said flames reached 10- to 15-feet high when they arrived on the scene. Additionally, police said that a fight was in progress nearly the doorway of the residence, and a 16-year-old male punched a police officer. A second officer was also hit by one of several individuals involved in the melee. More officers were dispatched to the scene while firefighters evacuated the home and put out the fire. 

In total, approximately one dozen people were at the home at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire is suspicious and under investigation.

Four minors—a 16-year-old male from Boise, a 17-year-old female from Boise, a 17-year-old male from Homedale and a 17-year-old male from Nampa—were all taken into custody. 

Additionally, 40-year-old Valeria Madrid of Boise, 18-year-old Denyse Madrid of Boise and 19-year-old Amelia Torres of Nampa were all charged with a felony count of battery on a law enforcement officer. 19-year-old Adalina Torres of Nampa was charged with resisting and obstructing officers. Madid and the two Torres suspects were also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Denyse Madrid, 18, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in  possession of alcohol - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Denyse Madrid, 18, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol
ORIGINAL POST: April 6, 2015 9 a.m.

Details are still coming in piecemeal, but Boise Police and Fire are investigating an early morning car fire that quickly spread to a home on North Cole Road near Fairview Avenue. As the blaze lit up the pre-dawn sky, several people were taken into custody, but no official word has been released on their status.

Additionally, a man inside the home was treated for minor injuries. Fire and police crews were summoned to the 1700 block of North Cole Road at around 4:30 this morning. No word yet on the cause of the fire or if any arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

And in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 4, a separate incident involving a vehicle sent another man to the hospital. Boise Police said a car crashed into a side wall at a Popeyes restaurant on the 8800 block of Fairview Avenue. Police said the driver was distracted before crashing his car into the building, sending the driver to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

Amelia Torres, 19, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Amelia Torres, 19, is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol.
Adalina Tores, 19, is charged with resisting and obstructing officers and minor in possession of alcohol. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
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  • Adalina Tores, 19, is charged with resisting and obstructing officers and minor in possession of alcohol.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Out-of-State Design Firm Ranked Highest in Boise Fire Training Facility Bid Process

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

After getting overwhelming support from voters, the city of Boise is ready to move forward with a plan to build a new fire training facility.

It took two attempts to get a super majority, but Boise voters ultimately approved a $17 million public safety bond in November 2014—76 percent voted yes. The bond included $6.8 million for a new firefighter training facility to replace the current facility near Americana Boulevard which, according to officials, is obsolete, 

On Tuesday, March 3, the Boise City Council will be asked to choose an architectural firm to plan and design a new training facility. The city received 11 proposals—almost all of them were from Idaho firms (seven were from Boise)—but coming out on top of the evaluation was the only out-of-state proposal, which came from Bremerton, Wash.-based Rice Fergus Miller. According to officials in the city's Division of Administration Services, RFM scored highest for accuracy, completeness, responsiveness and its interview with the city.

RFM says it plans to partner with a local architectural firm for the design process, the Boise City Council has the final say in the matter and is expected to award its decision March 3.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Three Injured in Early Morning Boise Blaze

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Boise fire and police investigators were back on the scene of an early morning blaze at a Boise duplex that sent three people to the hospital. The two-alarm fire was called in before 1 a.m., sending multiple engines to the 4500 block of Collister Street, between Hill Road and State Street.

Three residents were rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment. Two were able to get themselves out of the complex, but firefighters needed to rescue the third. Firefighters were able to break in through a bedroom window to rescue the female victim. Officials said the three injured people suffered injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to burns.

By 4 a.m., Boise Fire tweeted out, "Fire clearing scene. Fire and Boise PD investigators will be back at daylight." Officials said it appeared that the fire may have started in a front room of the one of the units, but the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, a separate blaze—this time in Parma—sent a man to the hospital for treatment of burns. The blaze in the 100 block of East Wendle Avenue triggered responses from the Parma, Wilder and Nyssa, Oregon fire departments. The victim suffered burns to his hands when he went back into his mobile home to help rescue his children. Firefighters said it appeared that the fire had started outside the home on an attached deck. The cause is still under investigation. The home was a complete loss.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Man In Health and Welfare Custody Following Apparent Arson in West Boise

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Boise police have had a busy afternoon. Traffic control was alerted to Bannock Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets in downtown Boise following the report of a major break in a water line; crews from the Ada County Highway District and United Water of Idaho are on the scene. ACHD is rerouting westbound traffic on Bannock over to Jefferson Street while United Water workers repair the leak. ACHD says the westbound lane should reopen Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Boise Police were summoned to a residence on the 11300 block of West Goldenrod Avenue during the noon hour when a resident at the home said a family member threatened him with violence. The family member reportedly told police that he might harm himself, and he made threats toward the officers. As police backed away from the incident to talk with the suspect's family, smoke began coming from inside the home.

Police said the suspect still refused to come out of the house. Ultimately, they were able to remove the man from the home for his own safety. While police placed the man into the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (no criminal charges were filed), Boise firefighters moved in to extinguish the blaze. Officials said flames and smoke caused significant damage to portions of the home and Boise Fire Department confirmed one dog died in the fire, two dogs were rescued.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Interior Secretary Orders New Strategy in Dealing with 'Frequent Intense Wildfires'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell handed down a so-called "secretarial order" this morning, calling for a "comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands," particularly pointing to Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.

Jewell said the new strategy will take effect immediately, beginning with the 2015 fire season. The order is designed to reduce the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires and would address the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species.

The order also includes the creation of a Rangeland Fire Task Force, which will include Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and five assistant secretaries.

Meanwhile, Jewell is facing a court-ordered 2015 deadline to address threats to greater sage-grouse. She said today that the new strategy is part of a centerpiece to conserve and protect sagebrush habitat.

“To protect these landscapes for economic activity and wildlife like the greater sage-grouse, we need a three-pronged approach that includes strong federal land management plans, strong state plans, and an effective plan to address the threat of rangeland fire,” said Jewell.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Take a Look at Video of Boise Fire Helping to Rescue Dog From Steel Pipe

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

"All in a day's work," tweeted out the Boise Fire Department, after coming to the rescue of a Jack Russell Terrier after the animal got her head stuck in a steel pipe.

Boise firefighters were asked to help the caregivers at the West Vet 24-hour Animal Emergency in Garden City on December 7th. That's where the crew from BFD Truck 6 assisted the vets to get the dog out of the pipe.

Boise Fire says the dog still needs some TLC at the animal hospital but "is recovering nicely."

Take a look:

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Lightning Sparks Wildfire Near Ola

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Wildland firefighters are on the scene of a lightning-caused blaze that ignited the night of Sept. 25 near the town of Ola.

The wildfire has already grown to 450 acres and officials say the blaze has climbed through steep, rugged terrain that is difficult to access. Nearly ten structures were threatened by the fire Thursday night but as of midday Friday, those structures were secure. 

Officials say the wildfire is currently "knocked down" in grass and sage. They're hoping to contain the blaze by Friday evening and fully control the wildfire by Saturday morning.

As of Friday, BLM resources included two dozers, three engines, one water tender, and two single-engine retardant planes.

Decreased temperatures and increased moisture on Friday were helping crews.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two Alarm Fire at Southeast Boise Food Plant

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Boise firefighters said a grease fire at a southeast Boise food plant caused a considerable amount of smoke, but damage was minimal thanks to some quick work.

Firefighters were called out at the noon hour on Thursday to the 3400 block of South TK Avenue, south of Broadway and Federal Way. A grease fire poured smoke throughout the large commercial structure. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they immediately called for a second alarm, which sent six engines, two ladder trucks, two battalion chiefs and other fire commanders to the scene.

Between 40 and 50 employees made a safe evacuation for the fire and no one was injured.

Ultimately firefighters discovered the source of the grease fire in a small cooking area. Firefighters used a dry chemical extinguisher to snuff the blaze.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

UPDATED: Wildfire Near Stanley Kicks Off the Fire Season

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The Hells Roaring Fire has burned 130 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest. - INCIWEB
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  • The Hells Roaring Fire has burned 130 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest.


The Hell Roaring Fire has grown to 320 acres, but firefighters made great progress on the fire July 6 , holding the western flank of the fire at bay. The southeast and northeast edges of the fire are also secured, and the fire is said to be 60 percent contained.

Fire crews are working on mop-up operations today and securing the northern border. The crew is made up of 184 personnel, including five crews, two helicopters, four engines and support. No structures were lost and none are currently threatened, but an area closure remains in effect on the western side of Highway 75, across from the Williams Creek Trailhead.

Highway 75 is open as well as the majority of trails, campgrounds and recreation sites on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, including those at Redfish and Stanley lakes.

Another fire—called the Pagari Fire—sparked yesterday in the Twin Falls District, around 2 p.m. The fire is driven by wind and currently burning a 3,500-acre grass and brush area. Crews have half the fire contained and plan for full containment by 7 p.m. The crew includes 10 engines, two water tenders and two bulldozers. The cause was determined to be from a vehicle.

ORIGINAL POST: Jul 7, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

It's official: Idaho's 2014 fire season has begun, with the Hell Roaring Fire, nine miles southeast of Stanley. Estimated to be 130 acres in size and burning dead lodgepole pine in a bug-kill area, the fire was reported just before noon on July 4. The blaze is thought to be human caused. 

Resources responding to the fire included four engines, three hand crews, three helicopters and four single-engine air tankers. Three loads of retardant were dropped on the fire by air tankers to help reduce the fire's spread. Additional firefighting personnel, including a fire investigator, have been ordered to join the suppression effort, which numbered 190 people on July 5. 

The fire, west of Highway 75, evacuated campsites and public from the surrounding wilderness area. Large air tankers are used to diminish threat to nearby cabins and trailers. 

And Lucky Peak's foothills had their first brush with fire season, as well. A 25-acre fire is burning west of the reservoir near the Spring Shores marina. The fire was reported July 4 at 9 a.m., with the cause still under investigation. 

Responding units included two 20-person crews and two engines from the Forest Service, one bulldozer and a fire investigator from the Bureau of Land Management, as well as two engines from the Idaho Department of Lands. Two helicopters and single-engine air tankers were also deployed, dropping six loads of fire retardant on the wildfire. It was expected to be contained by 4 p.m. yesterday.

Recreationists are urged to use caution in the area, but there is no expected impact from the fire on highway traffic or the marina.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flames Erupt in Old Boise Sawmill

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 9:26 AM

An abandoned sawmill in East Boise was the scene of a fast moving fire Monday night, but Boise Firefighters were able to quell the blaze, which was sparked inside of a hopper.

Neighbors reported thick smoke coming from the old sawmill on the 1600 block of East Yamhill Road at South Federal Way just after 7 p.m.. The first fire crews on the scene said that flames were coming from a small amount of sawdust left inside of a hopper.

It turns out that welders had been working in the area earlier in the day, using cutting torches to dismantle the former lumber yard. Firefighters say either heat, a spark, or a both ignited the sawdust.

No injuries were reported.

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