Severe thunderstorm downs trees, knocks out power, sparks fires

Severe thunderstorm downs trees, knocks out power, sparks fires
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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A severe thunderstorm moved through the Treasure Valley Thursday afternoon -- causing street-level flooding, small fires and damage.

KBOI Chief Meteorologist Vin Crosby says winds have been measured up to 60 miles per hour in some locations.

Ada County Dispatch says numerous car crashed have been reported.

Idaho Power says the storm caused multiple power outages in Boise:

- 2500 customers near Vista and Overland

- 1700 customers in Curtis and Emerald area

- 1600 customers near Maple Grove and Cole

- 150 customers in southwest Boise near Gowen Road

The storm also sparked a handful of small fires on Bureau of Land Management land in the area:

- Orchard Fire: South of Interstate-84 near the Idaho National Guard training range near Simco Road. BLM says the fire is only about 20 acres and crews are one scene working on it.

- Swan Fire: North of Swan Falls Dam. BLM says the fire only grew to about 64 acres before being stopped by roads.

- Chance Fire: In the Owyhees north of the Nevada border. BLM says they have dispatched six smokejumpers to deal with a 150 acre fire.

- Shoo Fly Fire: South of Grandview. BLM says the fire was about 50 acres and air tankers and ground crews were responding.
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