Investigators blame discarded cigarette for igniting Fraiser Fire

Investigators blame discarded cigarette for igniting Fraiser Fire

Credit: Troy Colson/KTVB

Fire investigators search for clues Monday as to how the Fraiser Fire started along Highway 17.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 2:28 PM

BANKS, Idaho -- Investigators say a discarded cigarette is the likely cause behind a wildfire that ultimately burned more than 260 acres and threatened a subdivision in central Idaho.

Boise National Forest Spokesman Dave Olson says the forest is seeking public help in finding the person responsible for tossing a burning cigarette that ignited the so-called Fraiser Fire.

The wildfire started Sunday near county highway 17 about five miles east of the small town of Banks. As it grew, more than 150 firefighters were deployed to put it out and prevent it from moving into a subdivision near the Payette River.

Olson says anyone traveling the roadway on July 7 and has information is asked to contact investigators.

The fire was contained Wednesday.

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