The Sea Bee Fire apparently started at a mobile home off Sea Breeze Lane near Tipanuk before noon Wednesday, but the cause has not been identified yet, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported Wednesday afternoon.
The fire spread to an adjacent mobile home and an outbuilding, destroying all three, Boise BLM fire information officer Keri Steneck said. BLM crews responded to a reported wild fire at 11:41 a.m. in the area northwest of Mountain Home and called in crews from the Mountain Home and Oasis rural fire departments as well as the Elmore County Sheriff's Office because structures were involved.
No one was home when crews arrived at the home where the blaze started, Steneck said, adding that it is unclear whether the fire started inside or outside the mobile home.
Five other structures were threatened by the blaze, but by 3:30 p.m. crews had halted the progression of the fire and were mopping up the grass fire, Steneck said. About three acres of grass and brush burned.
The fire, in an area not covered by a structure fire protection district, is expected to be contained before 6 p.m., the BLM reports.
Resources on the fire include five engines, one water tender and two structure fire engines, the BLM reports.