BLM: Fireworks likely the cause of fire at Boise's Table Rock over weekend

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comJuly 16, 2014 

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A firefighter (just to the right of the cross base) looks over the remains of a brush fire near Table Rock on Sunday afternoon. Sunday July 13, 2014

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A fire that blackened the area below the cross of Boise's iconic Table Rock Sunday was likely caused by fireworks, according to BLM Fire Prevention Officer Kevin Moriarty.

"They can't say with 100 percent certainty, but fireworks are assumed to have caused the fire," Moriarty said.

Three witnesses heard fireworks in the area before the fire, Moriarty said. Investigators found evidence of fireworks on the ground near the fire, though not at the origin. They were unable to identify suspects.

The fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. It burned downhill in steep terrain and had 4- to 5-foot flames, according to Boise Fire Battalion Chief Tom Pawek. It was a half mile to three-quarters of a mile from houses.

Pawek said firefighters had the fire out within a couple hours but stayed at the scene through Sunday morning and early afternoon to be sure that fire that had gone into the roots was extinguished. Firefighters had to dig up the roots.

Moriarty said the fire burned about 3 acres in grass and brush. The cross was untouched by the flames.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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