BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fire bosses in southwest Idaho called in retardant bombers Wednesday morning as well as additional firefighters in an attempt to strengthen containment lines on a blaze burning in grass and sagebrush 15 miles east of Boise.

Fire spokesman Brandon Hampton says bolstering the lines is the key strategy ahead of temperatures expected to hit 90 degrees later in the day and likely accompanied by winds.

Officials say the fire that started Tuesday quickly ballooned to 5 square miles and destroyed a barn and two outbuildings. Hampton says no homes are being threatened Wednesday morning.

Officials say the blaze is human caused.

Idaho Power says about 2,500 customers are without power in the area due to destroyed power poles.

State Highway 21 reopened Tuesday night after being closed in both directions.


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