The poor air quality from the two Treasure Valley fires and the effects of the Pioneer Wildfire, still burning in the Boise National Forest, forced some school districts to cancel some of their outdoor trainings or events Monday evening.
Residents are being asked to immediately report suspicious activity to 911 and anyone with information regarding the string of incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. A reward of $1,000 is being offered to information that leads to a felony arrest.
Of 21 Boise fires on the 4th of July this year, 17 were caused by fireworks, according to fire officials. That's a considerable jump from the seven fireworks-related fires on July 4, 2015 and nine fireworks-related fires in Boise on July 4, 2014.
Firefighters are working closely with local law enforcement to escort stranded rafters from the Vinegar Creek take out to the town of Riggins along the Salmon River corridor as fire behavior allows. Unfortunately, firefighters said the area was expecting higher humidity and warmer temperatures Monday afternoon, which may increase fire activity.
"We talked to numerous house members who lived there, who knew him, and they didn't have anything suspicious to add. I just caution people, don't speculate too soon. This could be a medical condition for all we know."