KELLOGG-- Officials have identified a origin and cause of the fire that crews battled for over 24 hour in Kellogg.
Authorities told KREM 2 that Fire Investigators at the scene have determined the origin and cause of the fire at Silver Peak.
The investigation revealed the names of two young children, both males under the age of 12 who were observed running from the fire on the hillside when the fire was first discovered.
Investigators were able to interview the children and the parents who fully cooperated with authorities.
The children both admitted to their involvement in starting the fire. The children both claimed to have been playing with matches and started the fire.
The investigation reports have been turned over to the Shoshone County Prosecutor for review possible criminal charges.
They are not calling it arson yet, and investigators aren’t sure if the fire was started on accident or on purpose.
Shoshone Co. Sheriff's Office Dispatch described the fire as "pretty large" near Silver Street Road.
Two helicopters and most of the area’s resources worked to battle the fire.
Officials say the fire burned a total of 17.3 acres and started around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Authorities say the wind died down, making battling the fire easier.
Crews are between the fire and homes, but 6 or 7 homes were within 100 feet of the fire.
Several power poles to high power transmission lines were damaged in the fire and the power in these lines have been shut down by Avista Utilities.
Officials say 5 engines, 1 excavator, 2 helicopters & 1 fixed wing retardant plane worked on the fire. are attached to this fire.
The cause is being investigated. Shoshone County District 2 is working with the Department of Land.