Home Burns in Unincorporated Fire District

Posted: 6/24/2016

Home Burns in Unincorporated Boise

Ada County -- A fire that took place in unincorporated Ada County shows the difficulty of fire fighting in unincorporated areas.

The Bureau of Land Management responded to the fire on Thursday that killed a dog, destroyed a home, and burned land.  The Boise BLM spokesperson Brandon Hampton said that the fire burned through the home and 1/4 of an acre.

The home is not in a fire protection district, which complicated things.  The BLM firefighters are not trained to fight structure fires.  There role is to call in cooperating agencies.  The homeowner and neighbors used a backhoe to dig a fire line and prevent the fire from spreading. 

Eventually, Orchard Combat Training Center personnel were brought in to help put out the fire.

This fire is an example of why homes that are in unincorporated areas should always install fire sprinklers.  Fire personnel do not respond as quickly as they do in fire protection districts, and sometimes they don't respond at all.

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