Idaho Firefighter Airlifted After Fall From Vehicle at Fire Scene

Aug. 23--A volunteer firefighter with the Deary Rural Fire Department was airlifted from Kendrick Grade near state Highway 3 to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center on Friday morning after being injured.

A spokesperson for the Deary department said no other information was being provided about the injured volunteer, citing his understanding of HIPAA privacy rules.

Initial reports stated that the volunteer was a man between the ages of 40 and 49, and that he fell off a vehicle.

According to Idaho State Lands, a fire was discovered in that area early Friday that burned about a tenth of an acre.

Two other small fires had occurred in the area as a result of the storm -- one west of Galloway Road between Deary and Kendrick, and the other near Harvard.

All three were contained by Friday afternoon, Svancara said.

"We got precipitation along with the lightning," said Jason Svancara, fire warden for the Idaho Department of Public Lands.

This helped keep the fires from growing quickly. Though all three fires were contained, personnel planned to revisit the sites to ensure there were no flare ups, Svancara said.

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