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Firefighters control brush fire that threatened homes in Southeast Boise

Firefighters responded in force early Wednesday afternoon to keep a noon-hour brush fire away from homes near East Amity and South Holcomb.
Firefighters responded in force early Wednesday afternoon to keep a noon-hour brush fire away from homes near East Amity and South Holcomb. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

At least a dozen structures were threatened by the fire, which was reported shortly after noon Wednesday in grass and brush off East Amity Road near South Holcomb Road, the Boise Fire Department reports.

By 1:30 p.m., fire crews were mopping up the fire, and none of the structures were damaged, BFD spokeswoman Char Jackson said. Crews temporarily closed Holcomb between Tiger Lily and Amity, the BFD reports.

At least six brush rigs, nine engines and other crews responded to the fire, which was reported at 12:07 p.m., said Jackson.

The fire was initially described as the size of a football field, but grew to an estimated 25 acres, Boise Fire Department reports. Meridian, Eagle and BLM firefighters helped fight the fire.

Boise Fire reported that the fire was accidentally ignited by a homeowner’s actions.

In 2008, the Oregon Trail Fire destroyed 10 homes and damaged as many as 34 others in a different subdivision near Amity and Holcomb. It killed Boise State University English professor Mary Ellen Ryder and started a city-wide discussion on how to make sure homes in fire-danger areas are “fire wise.”

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