A Boise County volunteer firefighter faces arson charges for allegedly starting a wildfire along Robie north of Boise. Boise County Sheriff’s officials say 18-year-old Nathaniel Fay Bartholomew has been arrested on a felony arson charge for intentionally causing the fire.
Bartholomew reportedly lives in the Robie Creek area near the upper reaches of Lucky Peak Reservoir. Officials say it appears as if Bartholomew set the blaze in some pine cones and other fuel at the side of the Robie Creek Road and that fire spread to a nearby home, where it got under the deck of a home and caught it on fire.
A suspected motive in the arson is unclear but Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers said it is possible Bartholomew set the fire to get the attention of his father, who is also a firefighter.
The fire is aggressively being battled by multiple agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service which has three helicopters dipping water from Lucky Peak Reservoir and several aerial bombers dropping fire retardant. One is a four engine jet once used as a commuter passenger airliner.
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