As temperatures in the Treasure Valley rose to more than 100 degrees, firefighters responded to two wildfires near Marsing that officials believe may have been caused by the discharge of firearms.
The Marsing Fire Department responded to the Maprock fire at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. The blaze, estimated at 10 acres, burned near the north side of the Snake River in rugged terrain. No structures were threatened, nor were any injuries reported. MFD deployed two fire engines, a bulldozer, a helicopter and three single-engine air tankers, as well as a hand crew.
The Scout fire was also reported Saturday at approximately 11:30 a.m., located near a Boy Scout camp area to the southwest of the Maprock fire. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. Bureau of Land Management provided three engines, a water tender and an incident commander to battle the 15-acre blaze, while Murphy Reynolds provided two engines. The Eagle Fire Department also contributed a bulldozer.
A hand crew is currently working to contain the Scout fire, while the Maprock fire was contained over the evening. Both are expected to be fully controlled by 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2.