Lightning starts grass fire near Idaho raceway

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by KTVB

KREM.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 5:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 11:58 AM

BOISE -- Fire crews responded to the scene of a grass fire that was started by lightning near Firebird Raceway on Highway 16 Tuesday evening.

The fire was fully contained Wednesday morning.

Ada County officials say the Highway 16 Fire burned around 1,000 acres, and as many as 30 structures were threatened but none were lost. They also go on to say that one barn and one outbuilding were damaged by flames.

Ada County Sheriff deputies and Eagle Police evacuated homes on West Edgeview Lane, West Chaparral Road, North Broadview Lane and Sprangler Place. There was also a message sent out to those who live in a 2-mile radius of the area to warn them about the fire.

Bureau of Land Management, Gem County and Canyon County fire crews assisted Ada County with the fire.

Officials reopened State Highway 16 just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, after having closed it around just before 8:30 Tuesday night.

Ada County Sheriff's Office says the Highway 16 Fire is fully contained, and fire crews are in the mopping stages.

Officials say there were no injuries reported.

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