More than 100 eastern Idaho firefighters will team up for a simulated wildfire Saturday in Menan.
Firefighters and personnel from Central Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department, Idaho Falls Fire Department, Swan Valley Fire Department, Ammon Fire Department, Shelley-Firth Rural Fire Department Ucon Fire Department, Teton County Fire Department, Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, National Weather Service, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service will assemble at 9 a.m. at the incident command post at the Menan Community Center, 659 North and 2550 East.
Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Sarah Wheeler said the agencies will perform drills until 3 p.m. from the north end of Menan to the North Menan Butte, as well as from the west end of Menan to east of the South Menan Butte. The total distances spans 5 to 10 square miles, Wheeler said.
In addition to fighting a simulated fire, firefighters will practice extracting vehicles, rescuing mock victims and administering medical attention in harsh situations.
According to an Upper Snake Interagency Wildfire Group news release, area residents will see increased traffic and many emergency response vehicles on the roads near the Menan Buttes.