Jerome County Commissioners Declare a State of Emergency for wildfires

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September 09, 2022

Jerome County Commissioners Declare a State of Emergency for wildfires

JEROME COUNTY – Jerome County Office of Emergency Management (JCOEM) confirms that on September 8th during the brush fires. The Jerome County Commissioners declared a local state of Emergency. The blaze grew quickly, pushed by 30-40 mph winds and dry conditions creating difficult conditions for firefighters. Crews continued to work with aircraft to slow the fire progression that threatened structures, livestock, and the lives of community members 3 miles north of Eden and Hazelton areas in Jerome County.

The emergency declaration allows for the county to request assistance from the state for additional needs and resources. 

The fire covered approximately 30,000+ acres mostly on Bureau Land Management ground. Many residents were notified of the fast-moving fire by the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office as the fire departments from multiple jurisdictions worked to contain the fire. 

The wind played a large factor in the fast-spreading fire. County Commissioners in conjunction with the Jerome County Office of Emergency Management are asking for the residents of the area to survey the damages by the fire and contact the Emergency Management Office. Death of livestock is a large concern where the fire was located in the outer area of Eden, Hazelton, and into Minidoka County.

Report losses due to Tanya Stitt, Director of Jerome County Office of Emergency Management, you can submit your information by email, phone, or mail. The office number is 208-644-2706, email: [email protected], or mail Office of Emergency Management 300 N. Lincoln Ave. Jerome, ID 83338. When possible, include pictures of damages incurred by the fire. 

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 5 pm. Please leave a message with contact information.

Eden 2 Fire

 Location: 3 miles north of Eden

 Estimated size: more than 30,000 acres

 Containment: unknown

 Control: unknown

 Resources: First Segregation Rural Fire Department, West End Rural Fire Department, one dozer, six BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engine, multiple aircraft

 Fuel type: grass, brush

 Fire behavior: extreme and erratic fire behavior, wind driven

 Structures threatened: yes

 Cause: Human


Tanya Stitt, Director