A grass fire that started along Interstate 84 outside of Meridian on Friday was contained only after it completely destroyed a nearby home.
Six agencies responded to the fire, which started around 6:15 p.m., and saved two homes that were threatened, but the third was a total loss.
In addition to the challenges of traffic on I-84 and high temperatures, a lack of hydrants in the area presented water availability issues, according to Meridian Fire. Eastbound lanes on I-84, between Nampa and Meridian, were temporarily closed.
“This fire presented multiple challenges,” said Meridian Fire Battalion Chief Ken Welborn in a news release. "Unfortunately we lost one home, but the proficient actions of firefighters on scene prevented two additional homes from catching on fire.”
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Fire crews had to bring water tenders from Nampa, Boise and Eagle to help put out the fire.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but initial reports suggest this fire started in the grass along I-84.