5-acre fire in Star ignited by hot exhaust pipe

The aftermath of the fire that burned 5-acres near Star.

An Ada County farmer lost 5-acres of his wheat field to an accidental, but preventable, fire on Saturday.

Fire crews with the Star Fire District were called out just before 2 p.m. to the area of Star Road and US-26.

They say when they arrived on scene the fire was just over an acre in size, but it spread quickly.

Around 2:30 p.m. the fire grew to five-and-a-half acres.

Firefighters from Meridian, Eagle, and Middleton were called in to help battle the flames.

Together, they got the fire knocked down around 3 p.m.

Captain David Sparks with the Star Fire District told KBOI 2News the fire was started when an irrigator drove his truck over the dry wheat and the hot exhaust pipe ignited the blaze.

"It is extremely hot and dry. Keep your vehicles out of tall grass," said Sparks. "Be careful if you smoke with your cigarettes. Don’t throw those outside your vehicle. Just be really pertinent to your actions due to the hot dry conditions that appear to be going to extend for quite some time."

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