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Idaho Highway 21 fire was arson; one suspect in custody

Sara Schaeffer
Sara Schaeffer

A fire that started Sunday near Lucky Peak Reservoir — and burned nearly 700 acres — was intentionally set, and a suspect has been identified, according to Boise County Sheriff James Kaczmarek.

Sara D. Schaeffer, 37, has been charged with felony third-degree arson, the sheriff said in a press release late Wednesday afternoon. She is set to be arraigned on the charge on Thursday.

Kaczmarek told the Statesman that Schaeffer is transient but had most recently been living in Boise.

The fire burned on public and private lands along Idaho 21 in Boise County. It shut down the highway, and a pilot car was then used to ferry traffic on the highway.

It was investigated by numerous agencies, including: Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office, working with Ada County investigators, arrested Schaeffer. She was booked into the Ada County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on two unrelated Ada County warrants. The jail roster lists two misdemeanor failure to appear charges.

Schaeffer was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving without a license and not having a certificate or proof of liability insurance in February, according to the court repository. She was cited with a failure to appear in court in March and earlier this month.