VIDEO: Firefighters in and around Boise have been very busy with several grass and brush fires that broke out Thursday night and early Friday morning.
After a wet spring, grass that grew in the foothills and rangeland is dried out, said Kyle McQuillin, an engine captain with the Bureau of Land Management's Boise District.
McQuillin was at a fire that's been burning near Highway 21 west of Lucky Peak State Park's Discovery unit. That fire has burned an estimated 5 to 10 acres since about 1 a.m. Friday.
The fire reached up to the rimrock along the canyon. McQuillin said the steep slope made it difficult and dangerous to fight the fire in the dark.
"We're pulling off the hill for the night. The fire's knocked down right now, so it's just not worth the risk to put people up on the hill with the likelihood of getting hurt in the dark. We'll get back up there in the daylight," McQuillin said.