UPDATE: Crews put out brush fire burning south of Boise; lightning caused
It’s a victory on Vallejo for Boise firefighters tonight. A large brush fire that had threatened homes is out.
Dozens of firefighters worked for hours Wednesday to keep the flames from reaching a number of homes in the area.
The fire crested the hills south of Boise near Cole and Vallejo around 6 p.m. and quickly moved towards homes. Firefighters rushed to alert neighbors of the danger.
One family was temporarily evacuated from their home on Hubbard Road, but were able to return home due to the hard work of crews.
It took firefighters about four hours to get the fire complete out and they stayed on scene through the evening mopping up and checking for hotspots.
One woman who lives in the area said when she saw how many resources were being used to battle the blaze she knew everything would be alright.
"The last time we had the fires going like crazy. This time it was like, we have seen enough trucks I think they have a handle on it. We are hoping," said homeowner Joyce Loveland.
Crews from a number of different agencies were on hand to battle the blaze.
"We are in unified command with BLM. So we have resources from BLM, Boise Fire, Meridian Fire as well as Kuna fire,” said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Romeo Gervais from the Boise Fire Department.
Investigators still aren’t sure what caused the fire but they say it could have been started by Tuesday night’s lightning and slowly picked up intensity throughout the day before eventually erupting in the afternoon heat.
The fire is estimated to be about 400 acres. BLM crews said the fire was 100% contained as of 10 a.m.