Eagle Fire Department believes 200-acre grass fire near Avimor started by roadside vehicle

Posted at 2:24 PM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 10:57:28-04

UPDATE: Highway 55 is now reopen in that area. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews in Ada County are on the scene of a grass fire burning in the Boise foothills near the Avimor subdivision that started Sunday afternoon.

The Eagle Fire Department believes a roadside vehicle caused a spark which ignited the fire. Eagle Fire says the grass fire started small, then spread to a little more than 200 acres.

Nearby homes were threatened, but firefighters were able to stop the fire before any homes were destroyed.

James Vincent with the Eagle Fire Department says the fire department has a handle on the fire.

"We pretty much got the fire wrapped," said Vincent. "There is one area of concern on the north side where we still have some fire activity."

That area of concern is where the firefighters are focusing on now. Highway 55 is still closed for travelers. The detour will take commuters around toward Emmett. 

Fire officials don't know when the road will reopen, but will wait to do so until it is safe for both the public and the firefighters.