A part of Idaho Highway 21 closed by a brush fire for much of Sunday was open again by 8 p.m., with a pilot car leading traffic along the highway, a Boise County emergency dispatcher said.
In just a few hours, the fire burned 250 acres in steep terrain — under windy conditions. No structures were threatened, and there were no evacuation orders issued. Fire officials said they still expect the fire to be contained around 9 p.m. Monday.
By noon on Monday, the fire had grown to about 700 acres, according to an Idaho Department of Lands press release.
Approximately 140 people are working the fire, which includes one Idaho Department of Lands engine, two Forest Service engines, and six hand crews. The air attack has been reduced to two helicopters. Several rural fire departments assisted during the initial attack of the fire on Sunday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation
The fire is burning around milepost 21 of the highway. The affected stretch of road is between Highland Valley Summit and Robie Creek Road, about 10 miles north of Boise and just past Lucky Peak State Park.
The resources working the fire Sunday night included two helicopters, two single-engine air tankers, one air tanker, and several engines
The public is asked to avoid the area if possible. There may be delays for those traveling on Idaho 21.