A large wildfire investigators believe was sparked by fireworks scorched across the Boise Foothills in the early morning hours of June 30 and came perilously close to the Harris Ranch subdivision.
Crews from the Boise Fire Department were joined by the Bureau of Land Management, the Eagle, Meridian and Star fire departments, and other agencies on the front lines of the blaze, which burned more than 2,500 acres. The fire started near the Wild Horse subdivision north of Table Rock and ran past the iconic Table Rock Cross, down the Foothills and toward Warm Springs Avenue.
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Air support was brought in after sunrise, and helicopters were expected to continue dipping into the Boise River for huge buckets of water to douse the embers.
Fire officials are warning members of the public who don't have homes in the region to stay away from the area. For much of the day, Warm Springs Road was restricted to residents-only, but by late afternoon Warm Springs was reopened to traffic.
The fire destroyed two structures, including a home near Warm Sprngs and Pheasant Lane . The occupants, the Danielson family, are being assisted by the Red Cross and the Burnout Fund.
Approximately 7,000 customers of Idaho Power, primarily between the foothills and Lucky Peak, lost power through much of the day.
No mandatory evacuations were necessary. Fire crews are expected to remain on the scene throughout the day. By late morning, the fire was 60 percent contained, according to the Boise Fire Department.
Officials are asking that drones not be flown in the area, and while the Boise River remains open for floating, the public should be aware of helicopters approaching the river to fill their buckets.
"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."