BOISE -- Firefighters battled a two-acre, wind-driven brush fire near the World Center for Birds of Prey, south of Boise Sunday afternoon.
The fire was first reported in the area of Cole Road and Flying Hawk Lane just before 4:30 p.m., dispatchers said.
Flames got to within about 10 feet of one home before being extinguished, a battalion chief on scene told KTVB.
Firefighters said at one point the fire was moving up a hill towards the World Center for Birds of Prey, which consists of several buildings and houses a number of raptors.
Crews were able to put out the flames before any buildings were damaged or threatened.
Firefighters said access to the fire was difficult because soft, wet ground limited where their trucks and engines could go.
Investigators say the fire appeared to be caused by a spark from a barrel of burning trash.
Also Sunday, Boise firefighters responded to another small fire burning in the foothills near the Fort Boise military reserve. That fire grew to about 75 square feet in size and burned in between patches of snow, firefighters said. It's believed that fire was human-caused.
The fires prompted a warning from firefighters. They say even though it's still winter and two days after a heavy snow, residents should always be careful and not be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to fire.