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Fire north of Boise’s Lucky Peak Dam shuts traffic down to one lane

Traffic on Idaho Highway 21 was stopped at Lucky Peak Dam at one point Wednesday, as firefighters battled a grass fire at Hilltop.
Traffic on Idaho Highway 21 was stopped at Lucky Peak Dam at one point Wednesday, as firefighters battled a grass fire at Hilltop.

Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management are working a 10-acre grass fire burning on private land near Hilltop along Idaho Highway 21 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire isn’t threatening any structures, and no evacuations have been ordered.

At 3 p.m., the west lane of the highway was closed but traffic was being permitted through.

The fire was reported at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ada County Dispatch.

BLM fire officials say the fire was human-caused but it remains under investigation. Crews are working hotspots along the perimeter, and they expect to have it under control by 2 p.m. Thursday.

At one point, Idaho 21 was shut down between Hilltop and High Bridge but by 2 p.m., one lane of the highway was re-opened, a dispatcher said.

Last July, a grass fire that started about 300 yards south of Hilltop Station burned more than 4,300 acres. That fire was called the Mile Marker 14 fire.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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