Final update: Crews reached full containment on the Table Rock Fire at 9 o'clock Thursday evening. Boise Fire officials say crews will monitor the fire through at least Friday to maintain containment.
Update, 5:35 p.m.: Fire crews continued to make progress on the Table Rock Friday Thursday afternoon. Boise Fire Department officials said just before 5:30 that the fire is now 85 percent contained and that full containment is expected by 10 p.m.
Update, 11:20 a.m.: The Boise Fire Department says more accurate mapping shows 2,500 acres have burned in the Table Rock Fire. The blaze is now 60 percent contained.
Update: 9:05 a.m.: Boise Fire Department spokeswoman Tammy Barry says investigators have concluded that fireworks started the Table Rock Fire late Wednesday night in the Boise foothills. Few other details are known. Barry says no suspects have been identified.
Update, 8:45 a.m.: The BLM has confirmed two structures have burned in the Table Rock Fire. Previously, officials had said damage was limited to one residence and one outbuilding.
Also, the Boise Fire Department says the latest estimate on the size of the fire is just under 1500 acres.
Update, 7:04 a.m.: Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says the threat from the Table Rock Fire has mostly subsided. He says property damage remains limited to one house and one outbuilding and that no other homes are currently threatened.
Helicopters are expected to soon begin dipping from the Boise River to drop water on the fire. Doan says floating on the river will not be canceled Thursday, but that floaters do need to be aware of what's happening around them.
Doan - who lives in the Harris Ranch subdivision threatened by the fire - says all efforts have been focused on fighting the fire and that the investigation into its cause hasn't started.
Firefighters are asking that no one fly drones in the area to make sure the aerial effort won't be interrupted.
Update, 5:25 a.m.: Officials say now just two structures have been lost in the fire. The Boise Fire Department initially reported four had burned. The BLM says conditions have improved. Increasing humidity and a shift in the winds helped firefighters early Thursday morning.
Original post: Firefighters are fighting an 800-acre wildfire in the east Boise foothills.
Officials say four structures have been destroyed in the fire that was first reported just before midnight Wednesday. The Boise Fire Department says the fire began at Table Rock and was moved by strong winds eastward toward the Harris Ranch development. As of last update, no evacuation orders had been issued. There have been no injuries. It’s not clear what those structures were or where they were located.
The fire is Boise’s most visible in years. The flames could be seen from as far away as Eagle.
Agencies assisting with the fight include crews from the Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Meridian, Eagle and Star. Resources include 11 engines, three water tenders, and 10 brush trucks and a bulldozer.
The public is being asked to stay away from the area.
The cause of the fire isn’t clear yet. It began at the same time lightning-producing storms moved through the city. But KTVB is reporting a witness says they saw fireworks start the fire.
We’ll have more coverage online throughout the morning and on-air updates during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5 FM.
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