BLM firefighters contain 400-acre blaze

June 19, 2013 

— A wildfire south of Boise has been contained, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Firefighters will remain on the scene to search for “hot spots” and any remaining patches of flame. With high winds still buffeting the area, crews want to be certain the fire has been totally extinguished before clearing the area, BLM spokeswoman Mallory Eils said.

A power line sparked the fire at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Eils said. High winds in the area may have contributed to the fire starting.

“Something arced with that wind event last night,” she said.

The “Moon Fire” has been estimated at 400 acres, although crews will map the burned area to get a more accurate count later Wednesday.

King Hill Rural Fire Department and the Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection Association helped fight the blaze.

The region has a 60 percent chance of rain to day, which Eils said could help speed the process along.

“If they get rain down there, it would help them greatly,” she said.

No injuries or burned buildings have been reported.

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