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 expect the fire to be contained around 9 p.m. Monday.
Highway 21 open one way at a time – scary to see how quickly the fire jumped the road and ran uphill. pic.twitter.com/nfsAJ0EFCW
— JessFlynn (@jessflynn) July 16, 2018
No information was immediately available on the cause of the fire.
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 belonging to the Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Service and rural fire departments, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Lands. Four hand crews have been ordered.
The public is asked to avoid the area if possible. There may be delays for those traveling on Idaho 21.