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Idaho Fire Chief Wants Wood Single Roofs Banned

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KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — 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.

Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle tells the Idaho Mountain Express that flammable roofs put firefighters in danger and slow response times to other homes. The 174-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire burning through Greenhorn Gulch on Aug. 15 destroyed one home but firefighters saved 30 others. Elle says the house that burned was a log structure with a wood-shake roof. Only two chimneys remained.

Jeff Nevins of Wood River Fire & Rescue says the owner had a fire line cut around the house that stopped the flames but hot embers landing on the roof ignited the structure.

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