3 homes destroyed in wildfire northeast of Boise

A wildfire burning about 40 miles northeast of Boise has destroyed three homes and forced the evacuation of dozens of additional homes.

Idaho Department of Lands officials say the 4-square-mile fire that started Saturday afternoon was initially contained to a small area but strong winds caused it to spread Sunday.

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office says homes are under evacuation orders in the areas of Macks Creek and Pine Creek. People near Clear Creek and on the Highway 21 corridor north of Grimes Creek have been told to be prepared to leave if necessary.

State officials say an Interagency Management Team has been called in to handle the fire.

Smoke from the fire has settled in the more densely populated Boise area.