A Sunday afternoon wildfire in Payette County destroyed one home, multiple cars and several outbuildings, according to a Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman.
The fire was still burning just south of Interstate 84 near the Sand Hollow exit around 5:30 p.m., according to BLM’s Keri Steneck. Steneck said the fire started on a residential driveway. It’s unclear whether anyone was injured in the blaze.
No other homes were considered threatened by that time, the spokeswoman said. Officials initially said two homes burned in the blaze; it’s not clear what caused that discrepancy.
Steneck said investigators had determined the fire was human-caused, but the precise cause of the fire wasn’t yet known.
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Around 5 p.m. Sunday, Steneck said firefighters had the 266-acre fire mostly contained and didn’t expect it to spread any farther.
“At this time we’re pretty confident that fuel progress has stopped on the wildland side,” she said.
Still, Steneck added, with high temperatures and high winds on Sunday the fire could easily grow if embers fly outside the area of containment. The BLM estimated the fire would be fully contained by 10 p.m. that evening.
Fire crews from Eagle, Caldwell, Nampa, Payette, Middleton, Parma and Sand Hollow aided the response.
Steneck said that despite wet weather earlier in the year, there’s still high potential for wildfires this summer. Eighty-six percent of wildfires in the Boise BLM district are caused by humans rather than lightning, she added.