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Fire destroys 3 Madison County farm buildings

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE:  5-14

Damages are estimated at $75,000 after three farm buildings were destroyed by wildfire Monday.  

The Madison Fire Department said a tree and vinyl fence were reported on fire at 1059 E. 10000 South in Archer at 2:06 pm 

A large willow tree was part of a weekend weed burning over the weekend.  It apparently smoldered until Monday, when the tree caught fire and a burning branch dropped onto adjacent property.   The three buildings were on that property.

The buildings included a milking barn, a maintenance shop, and a storage shed.  

"This is a good reminder to everyone to burn responsibly and make sure all fire is completely extinguished prior to leaving the area," said Madison Fire Chief Corey Child.
 

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has closed 10,000 South between 600 East and Snake River Road due to a fire in the area. 

Madison Fire Chief Corey Child said the fire apparently flared up at around 2:06 p.m. Monday from the remnants of a weed-burning fire last weekend.

The fire has destroyed three farm buildings. Two were cinder block buildings and another was a wood structure. One of the buildings contained tools and 55-gallon drums of petroleum products that burned in the fire. 

The fire burned under power lines. Those lines were shut down for the protection of firefighters. Child said they took a lot of heat from the fire and will have to be inspected before the power is restored.

He estimates firefighters will be on the scene until around 5:30 p.m. 

15 firefighters from the Madison and Jefferson Central fire district responded to the fire.


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