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POSH NEIGHBORHOOD IS FIRE HAZARD

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More people are moving into Johnny Creek and other areas on Pocatello's outskirts, leaving their homes vulnerable to what figures to be another dangerous fire season.

An August 1987 fire burned 2,600 acres, one house and threatened others in the posh Johnny Creek area. It is in harm's way again, as are the Pocatello Creek, Mink Creek and Buckskin Road areas."What's happening is more and more homes are being punched into these tree pockets without regard for safety," Pocatello Fire Division Chief Glen Blackwell said.

One big problem is driveways too narrow or steep for fire trucks to maneuver. Some homeowners also do not bother to keep grass mowed low or trim the juniper trees away from their houses, Blackwell said.

"We could help people with a lot of these concerns, but a lot of them don't think of us until they need us," Blackwell said.

By July, already dry grass and brush, along with the new growth this spring, will provide plenty of fuel, said Bob Mallett, assistant fire control officer for the Bureau of Land Management. The fire danger is expected to continue into early autumn.