ELMORE COUNTY, Idaho -- Several fires broke out along Interstate 84 Monday afternoon, and one of them quickly grew out of control, burning more than 1,000 acres before it was stopped.
Firefighters with the Bureau of Land Management say that particular fire started just after 2 p.m. near milepost 86 and 94.
Monday night, a BLM dispatcher told KTVB that a few homes and a power plant in the area were threatened for a time, but that firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the fire.
While no significant damage was reported, firefighters say the flames came close enough to melt the siding of a vacant home in the area.
In addition to the engines from the Mountain Home Fire Department, several BLM engines and a BLM helicopter fought the fire. Units from the Mountain Home Air Force Base also assisted.
Firefighters also extinguished several smaller fires that sparked Monday afternoon in the same area.
They plan to "mop up" the fires throughout Tuesday.
They cause of the fires is still under investigation.