- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A wildfire burning through grass and sagebrush in the Boise foothills has destroyed a house and an outbuilding, but no injuries have been reported.

Officials say the fire started around midnight Wednesday and has consumed more than 2 square miles. Several thousand homes were threatened, and voluntary evacuations were in place, but few residents used a shelter.

Crews using bulldozers built a fire line to protect a subdivision.

Fire spokeswoman Tammy Barry says investigators determined that fireworks sparked the blaze but have no suspects.

Aircraft started dropping retardant early Thursday and the active part of the blaze has been stopped.

Barry says helicopters will scoop water from the Boise River near Barber Park, so river floaters should be alert.

About 140 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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