Pavement bonfire nets citations, possible repair bill for Kuna men

June 17, 2014 

This patch of smoking asphalt in a Kuna cul-de-sac melted as the result of a weekend bonfire, investigators say. Photo provided by Ada County Sheriff's Office.

A bonfire in a north Kuna cul-de-sac melted asphalt in the roadway last weekend, prompting police to cite two men.

Gregory Mcatee, 31, and Timothy Cope, 47, each could face a fine of up to $300 or 10 days in jail for placing lit debris on the roadway Saturday night, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports. Each could face a fine of up to $300 or 10 days in jail for placing lit debris on the roadway Saturday night, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Ada County Highway District officials estimate the cost to repair the pavement to be about $1,000 and plan to seek reimbursement, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, Kuna police officers responded to a reported fire at the intersection of North Blueblossom Drive and West Nannyberry Place to find several people around a bonfire in the middle of the road. Kuna fire crews put out the blaze, which burned hot enough (in excess of 400 degrees) to melt asphalt.

Cope told officers he put a fire pit in the road that night and that it was common for people to have bonfires on the pavement. Mcatee told officers he put his Christmas tree on the fire before other people put more items on, which caused the blaze to grow outside the pit and onto the road.

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