Central Idaho man charged with starting large wildfire

Nearly 500 firefighters are fighting the Sharps Fire about 6 miles east of Bellevue.

Published on August 3, 2018 11:23AM


KEITH RIDLER

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A central Idaho man authorities say started a wildfire by shooting exploding targets is facing charges and could ultimately have to pay the cost of fighting the fire that grew to 85 square miles on Friday.

Blaine County prosecutors on Thursday charged 35-year-old Ryan Jensen of Bellevue with a misdemeanor under an Idaho law that involves malicious injuries to property.

Nearly 500 firefighters are fighting the Sharps Fire about 6 miles east of Bellevue. The fire is burning timber, grass and brush.

Officials say Friday will be a tough day with high temperatures and high winds.

The fire is 29 percent contained, officials say, and won’t be fully contained until Aug. 12.

It’s not clear if Jensen has an attorney.



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