Double Tree fire under control after threatening homes

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - 21256520

A brush fire that at one point threatened three homes along Lake Coeur d'Alene is now under control.

The five-acre Double Tree Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon along the northside of Mica Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Multiple agencies were called to the scene to help with the firefighting efforts.

"We have resources that came from Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, Hauser Fire, Northern Lakes Fire," Jason Blubaum, Fire Chief for the Mica Kidd Island Fire District, said.

Fire crews were able to quickly get a line around the fire and on Tuesday night it was close to 100% containment. Investigators say it appears to be human-caused.

"A resident here was going to have a recreational fire on the beach and started some paper on fire. It floated off with the wind and here we are today, multiple hours later," Blubaum said.

Recreational fires are still allowed in Kootenai County but fire officials warn people to be use precaution. Flames came within 100 yards of two homes on Mica Bay.

"Mother Nature was against us when this whole thing started, pretty windy, the terrain is really steep, probably a 40% slope," Blubaum said.

Around 5 p.m. the winds died down, which was key to getting the fire under control.

"We got lucky today," Blubaum said.