Half the trees along busy stretch of Sunnyside have 'fire blight'
Monday, September 3, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
About half the trees along a busy stretch of Sunnyside Road have been infected with a
bacteria brought by this year’s wet weather.
Fire blight is brought on by wet weather like Idaho Falls experienced this spring and can strike apple, pear and some other fruit trees and bushes. It normally enters trees through cuts in the bark, which many of the trees had due to this year’s hailstorms, said Idaho Falls city spokesman Bud Cranor. The bacteria then shows up when the weather gets warmer and more humid.
About half of the 450 trees on the stretch of Sunnyside between Yellowstone Highway and Hitt Road have been infected with fire blight, Cranor said.