Officials: Two Boys Responsible for Silver Peak Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officials: Two Boys Responsible for Silver Peak Fire

KELLOGG, Idaho -  Two boys, ages 9 and 10, are responsible for starting the Silver Peak fire.  That according to officials speaking at a Friday afternoon news conference.

According to officials, the boys were playing with matches.  The Shoshone County prosecutor is looking at evidence to determine if criminal charges are filed.  The boy could be charged with arson.  The boys live in Kellogg and live near where the originated near 2nd Avenue. 
 
Officials also the parents could be held responsible for the cost cleanup, which is currently at $193,000.
 
The fire will be 100% contained by 9PM tonight.  A total of 17.3 acres burned, 87 firefighters from 3 different agencies worked on the blaze, working in 14 hour shifts.

 

Previous Coverage

KELLOGG, Idaho - UPDATE: The fire burning on a hillside just south of town has been contained at about 20 acres. Officials are now saying the fire is suspicious and crews will be on scene throughout the night. No homes or structures were lost.

 

KELLOGG, Idaho - A wildfire is burning in an area just south of town on the hillside near the Silver Mountain gondola.  It is potentially threatening a number of poles for the gondola, but crews are working to keep the fire from reaching them.  The fire is about 20 acres in size at this time.  Earlier in the day one viewer told KHQ-TV that some residents were being advised to evacuate.  Dozens of homes had been threatened.  In one case the fire was stopped just feet from a home.  It is burning in a dense wooded area.  A helicopter and 2 planes are being used along with crews from the Idaho Dept. of Lands, Shoshone County, and the U.S. Forest Service.

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