Consequences heat up after Kuna Christmas tree fire gets out of hand

KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) - A pair of Kuna men found out it is not OK to have a bonfire on a city street.

Kuna Police were asked by Kuna Fire to go to a neighborhood in North Kuna just before 11p.m on Saturday. When officers arrived, they found several people standing around a bonfire in the middle of the road. Kuna Firefighters put out the fire, which burned hot enough to melt asphalt in the road.

Kuna police cited Gregory McAtee and Timothy Cope for placing debris on a highway, which is punishable by up to a $300 fine and 10 days in jail.

Officials with Ada County Highway District estimage the cost to repair the pavement to be about $1,000 and plan to seek reimbursement.

Cope told the officers he put a fire pit in the road that night, and that it was common for people to have bonfires on the pavement. McAtee told officers he put his Christmas tree on the fire before others people put more items on, which caused the fire to grow outside the pit and on the road.