Campfire sparks wildfire near Warm Springs
A campfire is believed to have sparked a wildfire near Rainbow Marked on U.S. Highway 26, which burned 230 acres east of Warm Springs on Friday, June 15.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, it is believed that Nena Boise, 53, passed out at his campfire, which spread and became an uncontrolled burn. A friend was able to pull Boise to safety, and he was later transported to St. Charles Madras for burn-related injuries.
Pushed by moderately high winds, the fire burned from the abandoned Shell gas station, up the hill toward the canyon rim, where local farmers helped the fire department fight the fire.
U.S. 26 was closed near milepost 106 for a brief time, and multiple fire agencies arrived to assist with the fire. There was no threat to homes or buildings, but the Mecca Flats Campground was closed by the Bureau of Land Management while the fire was being fought.
Later on June 15, Boise was cited on charges of reckless burning, and endangering.