Dave Hanneman serves as the fire chief for Idaho Falls. He’s also the Incident Commander for the region for the upcoming Great American Eclipse. He joined Neal Larson on KID Newsradio to talk about fire prevention efforts and what locals can do to minimize the risk of wildfires during the event.
Listen to the full interview below:
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Counties across southeast Idaho are enacting burn bans ahead of the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21, to help with fire prevention efforts.
Madison County and Bonneville County both enacted burn bans on Monday, August 14, putting restrictions on campfires and other burning.
“We’ve been successful working with all the county commissioners in the counties in this area to implement a burn ban,” Idaho Falls Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told KID Newsradio.
Jefferson County and the Bureau of Land Management have also implemented fire restrictions in an effort to minimize the risk of fire as hundreds of thousands descend on southeast Idaho.
“Menan is definitely a concern for us,” Hanneman said. “Mount Borah is also a concern for us…we hope that people will be directed to a venue…so we can have a little more control of where those people are.”
Hanneman says the biggest risks are posed by off-road driving, campfires, carelessness, and fireworks.
“We want to minimize that as much as possible,” Hanneman said.
Officials in the area will be collaborating with other agencies and departments to have enough resources to handle the crowds, but Hanneman is also reminding locals to be prepared as they can and enjoy the opportunity see the eclipse from right where they live.