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Monday 080122

Wildfires in the northwest exploded in size overnight amid windy, hot conditions and were quickly encroaching on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for over 100 homes, while an Idaho blaze was spreading.

The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations have determined the Moose Fire to be human-caused.  The specific cause and events leading up to the fire are still under investigation, and further information will be available as the inquiry unfolds.  At last check, the Moose Fire is burning at more than 48,000 acres and is 21% contained.

The drowning victim at Pillar Falls has been identified by the Twin Falls County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Cory Grant Collard Peyson, UT. At about 1:30 pm on Saturday, Collard was pulled out of the water, at Pillar Falls.

Rural communities across Idaho continue to struggle with emergency medical care services.  Idaho law does not designate EMS as an essential service so they do not receive a lot of funding through the state. This week Idaho Health and Welfare will meet to discuss ways to help fill the EMS gaps and plan for the future.

A one vehicle Friday just before midnight in Elmore County sent three Jerome people to the hospital.  Police say it happened on the Pine Featherville road.  One person was airlifted for medical treatment while the other two were transported by ambulance.  They driver was attempting to avoid an animal.

Thirteen community projects across eastern and southern Idaho could receive funding under a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that passed the House on July 20, despite both of Idaho’s representatives voting against it.  U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson said he was pleased to see the important projects for Idaho were included, but the spending level of the overall package far exceeded what he could support.

Cooling stations are being setup in many northwest communities as a heat advisory has been issued today.  Weather forecasters say expect temperatures near 102 in the local area.

SPORTS

Boise State University has agreed to a partnership with Chartwells Higher Education, the new campuswide Boise State dining partner, for all athletics venues beginning this fall.  Chartwells Higher Education, branded locally as Boise State Dining services over 300 campuses in the United States. Chartwell partners with the Double R Ranch.  Look for more information in the coming weeks about the expanded pregame Ford Fan Zone and a new local brewery patio at Albertsons Stadium. In addition, fans visiting Bronco Alley on the east side of the stadium will be able to choose from an expanded selection of food trucks and adult beverage kiosks. 

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.  Temperatures up to 102.

Monday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Cloudy, with a low around 73. Light southeast wind becoming south 12 to 17 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke after noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.