MOUNTAIN HOME -- Firefighters are watching for hot spots and flare-ups in a Mountain Home neighborhood that was largely destroyed by fire Monday evening.
Bureau of Land Management firefighters tell KTVB that a total of six homes were destroyed in the brush fire, which damaged 11 buildings and burned 150 acres near the intersection of Airbase Road and Highway 51, two miles outside of Mountain Home.
As of Tuesday morning, much of the brush, grass, and rubble in the area was still smoldering. Fire investigators tell KTVB they believe the flames sparked somewhere near the side of Airbase Road.
BLM spokesperson Mallory Eils told KTVB that due to their proximity to the fire, 25 to 30 homes near Smith Road had been evacuated Monday evening. Eils said by Tuesday morning, those residents had been allowed back to their homes.
Firefighters expect to contain and control the fire sometime Tuesday afternoon. Eils said six BLM fire crews and about 25 firefighters were stationed at the scene overnight. Those firefighters are now patrolling and trying to create a fire perimeter.
Officials expect the fire to be contained and controlled sometime Tuesday afternoon.
So far, no one has been injured.