Sheriff: Fire near Hailey started by teen setting off fireworks
BLAINE COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) - The Blaine County Sheriff says that they have determined that an 18-year-old man started a brush fire that caused homes to be evacuated by setting off fireworks.
The sheriff's office says the man was on private land when the fire started and that no charges have been filed yet, but they are still investigating.
Evacuations for the Colorado Gulch Fire, now estimated at more than 700 acres, have been lifted for some homeowners in Blaine County.
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office says the blaze is burning off Croy Creek Road near the mouth of Colorado Gulch. The area is just a few miles from Hailey, near where the Beaver Creek Fire burned last summer.
Earlier Monday, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office issued mandatory evacuations for residents on Croesus Creek Road.
Crews from Twin falls BLM and the Forest Service have been called in to assist Blaine County resources. Crews say the fire has burned between 716 acres of sagebrush as of Monday afternoon.
So far, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office said firefighters have been able to protect one home that was in the fire's path.
Closures and Evacuations:
No mandatory evacuations
Closures: Croy Canyon is closed at the Bow Bridge to all traffic.
Lion's Park is closed
Colorado Gulch Road is closed at Broadford Road