Man trying to smoke out badger sparks grass fire near golf course

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) - A man trying to smoke out a badger out of a hole caused a grass fire Wednesday evening that threatened several homes.

The fire started at about 6 p.m. near Spring Creek Way and W. Stack Rock Road, which is northeast of the Shadow Valley Golf Course.

Officials with the Ada County Sheriff's Office says a man lit a smoke bomb and placed it into one end of the culvert and waited on the other end for the badger to come out when the wind shifted, which caused the grass on the other end of the culvert to ignite.

The man called 911. The fire only burned about four acres, however, it threatened a dozen homes.

"Local homeowners were a major help," Eagle Fire Chief Mike Winkle said. "Access (to the fire) was a big issue, but a lot of those homeowners have horses and livestock, so the grass was graded down pretty well."

No word on how the badger fared.

No people or livestock were hurt and no structures burned in the blaze.

No decisions have been made if officials will seek financial restitution from the man trying to smoke the badger out of the culvert.