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Farmers stop one of five wildfires that ignited in southern Bannock County

September 4, 2018
A fire truck sits next to a field scorched by one of five wildfires that ignited on Thursday afternoon in the Swanlake area of Idaho, which is about 60 miles south of Pocatello.

Farmers recently stopped a southern Bannock County wildfire dead in its tracks Thursday.

The blaze was one of five wildfires that ignited around 3 p.m. in the Swanlake area, which is about 60 miles south of Pocatello.

The fires stretched from Redrock Monument to the intersection of Gibbs Road and South Old Oxford Highway.

The blazes scorched a combined 10 to 20 acres of land but did not result in any injuries, evacuations or damage to structures, authorities said.

Downey and Franklin County firefighters extinguished the fires with help from farmers and other area residents.

The farmers stopped the largest wildfire by digging a fire line around it, which halted the blaze’s progress. Firefighters then arrived and extinguished the flames.

As of Monday, the cause of the fires was unknown, but authorities are still investigating.

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