Investigators: Chain-link fence caught on truck started Hwy 52 fires

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Investigators: Chain-link fence caught on truck started Hwy 52 fires

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 11:26 AM

State Highway 52 closed due fire

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BOISE -- Multiple fires that started just south of State Highway 52, near Horseshoe Bend and Montour, have been put out and cleared around 2 p.m. on Saturday and the highway has been reopened. And now, Gem County investigators believe the fires were started when a woman drug a part of a chain-link fence that was accidentally caught on the back of her pick-up.

The Bureau of Land Management says 19 small fires started Friday evening that spanned from Boise County into Gem County.

Boise County quickly got the fires in their county contained, while Gem County Dispatch says their crews were mopping up the fires around 9:45 p.m. Gem cleared their last truck a little after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A viewer in Montour told us on Friday that she saw smoke on both sides of the highway.

"If I step outside, I can see smoke to the left and smoke to the right," said Montour resident Jevonna Hefner.

Gem County Dispatch says no structures were damaged or involved with the fire.

Highway 52 was closed from milepost 45 to milepost 54, which is between Montour and Horseshoe Bend, but officials were allowing those who live in the area to return to their homes. Again, the highway has been reopened as of Saturday afternoon.

Although officials believe the chain-link fence caused the fires, they are still investigating.

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