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Fire destroys 400 acres in Swan Lake area | Preston Citizen

Fire destroys 400 acres in Swan Lake area

June 29, 2012
By

RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor

Smoke from a wildfire in the Swan Lake area, on the south side of the Stockton Canyon, could be seen in Preston last Thursday. The fire devoured about 400 acres rangeland by the time the fire was contained. Crews from Franklin County, Bannock County and the Forrest Service fought well into thenight to extinguish the blaze. Franklin County fire crews were dispatched about 3 p.m. on Thursday to the canyon fire, which was burning grass, sagebrush, cedar and juniper‹‹trees.

There were about 10 units up there, five from Franklin County and, five from Bannock County,” said Brent Downs a Bannock County Sheriff Search and Rescue member.

No homes were in immediate danger, but some people camping in the canyon had to be evacuated.‹

Swan Lake’s Thomas Merc was the unofficial information center. The town’s general store had many calls from residents who wanted updates on the fire.‹

Cattlemen who have livestock in Stockton Canyon were trying to save‹‹their livestock by pushing them out of the way of the fast moving fire. “We had some of our fire trucks on the fire, it was kind of mutual thing,” said Scott Martin, Fire Marshall for the Franklin County Fire District.

The temperature was in the 90′s and the wind was blowing at eight miles an hour from the west while fire fighters worked on the fire.‹

Downs said they were using limited resources to fight the Swan Lake Fire because of the Pocatello fire. The fire near Pocatello endangered both homes and people. The Idaho State Journal reported the Charlotte Fire burned over 1,038 acres Thursday evening. That fire threatened 700 plus residents, destroyed 20 homes and more than 1000 residents were evacuated.‹


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