Boise, ID – The Mann Fire is located off Mann Creek Road approximately 7 miles to the northeast of Weiser (location correction from last night’s press release). Fire suppression resources from multiple municipalities and federal agencies initially responded. Fire crews continued to work through the night to stop the advancing progression of the fire. A small break out was reported early this morning, but crews were able to hop on it quickly, quashing its escape. The fire was just mapped this morning and is holding at 1,356 acres.
Additional crews have been ordered to help with the control of the fire including 3 engines and a hand crew that have been released from the Soda fire. Resources that currently remain on scene include: 4 engines, 2 dozers, and 1 hand crew that arrived on scene late last night. Crews will continue to work on control of the fire throughout the day. The fire is expected to be contained this afternoon baring any major wind events that may blow interior embers beyond established containment lines.
An individual who was mowing grass around his house hit a rock or piece of concrete in the yard with the mower blade causing it to spark and ignite the fire. The home owner tried to suppress the fire, but was unable to contain the fire to his property. In this incident, as with many human caused fires, the individual(s) causing the fire could be held responsible for paying suppression costs if they are found negligent in their actions of causing the fire. The conditions and circumstances for how this fire started are currently under investigation.
With fuel conditions remaining dry and multiple wildfires burning around the State already, fire managers advise people to take extra precaution when working or recreating in areas with dry vegetation which can catch on fire quickly. Wildland fires are investigated, so if you do cause a fire and intent or negligence can be determined then you will be held responsible for paying the suppression and land rehabilitation costs. This can be very expensive. Boise BLM Fire Management Officer Andy Delmas recalls, “So far this year the Boise BLM has recovered over $194,000.00 from previous fires through the administrative trespass process. We are very proactive in investigating and pursuing cost collection from individuals that negligently cause fires on BLM land or allow a fire to escape their private property and burn onto public land.”
Fire collections last year ranged from $500.00 to $80,000.00, but a large fire with multiple resources can cost much, much more. “In many cases, these fires are accidental showing no intent, but they do cost money to suppress and if, by taking proper precautions, the fire could have been easily prevented then we will pursue collecting those costs,” Delmas cautions.
For more information on wildfire prevention, fire restrictions and general fire information check out http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/.