Grass fire that threatened homes in Ada County fully contained

People were evacuated but no homes were lost in a blaze near Firebird Raceway.

sdeter@idahostatesman.comJuly 16, 2013 

Crews from multiple agencies battled a lightning-sparked grass fire Tuesday night in northwest Ada County east of Firebird Raceway and Idaho 16. At one point, the fire was threatening about 30 structures.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office said the fire was reported by Firebird Raceway and was burning around homes on Edgeview Lane, Chaparral Road and Deer Lane off Idaho 16.

Crews requested the evacuation of buildings in a 1-mile radius.

The sheriff's office said some homes were evacuated on Edgeview, Chaparral Road, Broadwood Lane and Spangler Place. Homes on Grandmason Place also were evacuated.

Deputies said no homes were immediately threatened. Homeowners were being asked to leave as a precaution. About 50 to 100 residents were asked to evacuate. They were sent to Eagle Christian Church.

No injuries were reported, the sheriff's office said. No homes were lost. A barn and an outbuilding were damaged by flames.

The fire was declared fully contained at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. All those who were evacuated were allowed to go home.

Cars were being stopped in both directions on Idaho 16 between Beacon Light Road and the Gem County line. The road reopened shortly after the fire was contained.

Resources from the BLM, Ada, Canyon and Gem counties worked together to fight the fire.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter

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