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Hill Road Fire contained after threatening homes in the Boise Foothills

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 10:51:15-04

Investigators say Friday's fire in the Boise Foothills was started by children.

The kids had a small fire inside a back yard fort and that fire got out of control.

The Hill Road Fire in the Pierce Gulch area burned 200 acres and came within feet of homes Friday night and early Saturday morning.

"I made dinner and I came outside and I was just relaxing and I heard crackling and I looked up and saw black smoke," explained home owner Sean Hopkins.

Sean's home was threatened by the flames. The Boise Fire Department says the fire burning on steep terrain threatened a total of ten homes, Those home owners evacuated in the middle of the night. Eighty fire fighters from the Boise Fire Department, BLM, and other Treasure Valley fire departments were able to stop the fire in its tracks before any buildings were damaged. No one was injured. Crews were able to contain the fire at around 3 am Saturday morning. The Boise Fire Department says they are still investigating to find out what started it but suspect it was human caused.

"It's scary when it first started I was worried that it was going to come down to the house," said Hopkins.

For Sean, the close call is a reminder to him that living in the Boise Foothills comes with its risks. He's thankful for all the fire fighters hard work.  

"I never really thought it would happen, It's something that I've through about over the years but I never through it would happen to acutely see the whole hillside burn down its nuts," said Hopkins.