The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013, 4:42 p.m.

Idaho fire chief wants wood shingles banned

Associated Press
KETCHUM, Idaho -- A central Idaho fire chief says he will be "fighting tooth and nail" to ban wood shingles on new construction in the wake of a massive wildfire that threatened the resort area.
"The wood shingles have got to go," Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle told the Idaho Mountain Express.
The 174-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire burning through Greenhorn Gulch on Aug. 15 destroyed one home but firefighters saved 30 others. He said flammable roofs put firefighters in danger and slow response times to other homes.
"Talking to Forest Service folks, they've never seen conditions that were that bad when structures were present," Elle said. "They expected to lose many more."
He said the house that burned was a log structure with a wood-shake roof. Only two chimneys remained.
Jeff Nevins of Wood River Fire & Rescue said the owner had a fire line cut around the house that stopped the flames, but hot embers landed on the roof, igniting the structure.
He said the house was at least 25 percent consumed by flames, a threshold for firefighters to move on to protect other buildings.
"There was so much other activity that commanded our attention," he said.
Elle said a good time to propose a ban to the Blaine County Commission would be when the state adopts the 2012 International Fire Code.
State Fire Marshal Mark Larson said a temporary measure is on track to be adopted Jan. 1, becoming permanent if approved by the Legislature.
Larson said the code doesn't ban wood shingles, but local governments could enact such a ban.
Blaine County already requires a standard that wood shingles meet if treated with a fire retardant. But Larson said the retardant deteriorates over time.
Story tags » Forest Fire

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet highlights

'The Pinterest of beer'
'The Pinterest of beer': Lynnwood man's iPhone app tracks the beers you drink
Your photos
Your photos: A selection of our favorite reader-submitted photos
Tulips in bloom
Tulips in bloom: Photo gallery: A rainbow of color in Skagit County
He was a devoted family man
He was a devoted family man: Stephen Neal was working in a home when the mudslide hit