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Highway 55 Fire threatens Avimor homes

Firefighters from Eagle, Boise and BLM attack the Highway 55 Fire near the Avimor community of homes north of Eagle Tuesday July 26, 2016. The fire started along Idaho 55 late in the afternoon. Fire crews were able to create a fire line preventing the brush fire from reaching homes in the area

Fires

Idaho 21 fire destroyed biologists’ equipment sheds near Hilltop

Firefighters are still working to fully contain the Mile Marker 14 fire, which started south of Hilltop Station along Idaho Highway 21 Tuesday afternoon. BLM Fire officials said three outbuildings were destroyed at a residence. An Idaho Department of Fish & Game official told the Statesman that three outbuildings full of equipment were destroyed at their Wilderness Management Area office.

Fires

Statesman readers share their photos of the Idaho 21 fire

Started by human causes, flames suddenly picked up near Hilltop Station on the afternoon of July 19, 2016. The fire spread quickly, burning 3 outbuildings, before firefighters were able to halt its progress late that night. Readers sent these photos over email and Facebook.

Fires

Hilltop Station spared by Idaho 21 wildfire

Here's a look at the damage around the restaurant and convenience store, one day after the Mile Marker 14 Fire started east of Boise. The fire burned around Hilltop Station, but firefighters dug a dozer line to protect it.

Fires

Wildfires heat up across the West

According to the Department of the Interior, more than 29,000 wildfires have burned over 2.6 million acres in 2016, increasing concerns that we could see yet another busy, dangerous and costly fire season.

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Highway 55 Fire threatens Avimor homes

Firefighters from Eagle, Boise and BLM attack the Highway 55 Fire near the Avimor community of homes north of Eagle Tuesday July 26, 2016. The fire started along Idaho 55 late in the afternoon. Fire crews were able to create a fire line preventing the brush fire from reaching homes in the area
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
Highway 55 Fire threatens Avimor homes 1:12

Highway 55 Fire threatens Avimor homes

Fire plane drops retardant on the Mile Marker 14 fire 0:21

Fire plane drops retardant on the Mile Marker 14 fire

Hilltop Station spared by Idaho 21 wildfire 0:23

Hilltop Station spared by Idaho 21 wildfire

Wildfire shuts down Idaho Highway 21 temporarily 0:13

Wildfire shuts down Idaho Highway 21 temporarily