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Fireworks-caused blaze in Boise foothills destroys house

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BOISE, Idaho -

A fireworks-caused wildfire burning through grass and sagebrush in the Boise foothills destroyed a house and an outbuilding Thursday morning but no injuries have been reported.
    
Officials say the fire started at about midnight and has consumed about 1,500 acres but crews using bulldozers built a fire line to protect a subdivision.
    
Fire spokeswoman Tammy Barry says investigators determined fireworks caused the blaze but have no suspects.
    
Officials say aircraft started dropping retardant shortly after sunrise and the active part of the blaze has been stopped.
    
Barry says helicopters will be scooping water from the Boise River near Barber Park so river floaters should be alert.
    
Several thousand homes were threatened and voluntary evacuations were in place but few residents utilized a shelter.
    
About 140 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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