A pair of Kuna men found out over the weekend it is not ok to have a bonfire on a city street — and may have to pay around $1,000 to fix the melted pavement the blaze left behind.
Kuna police cited Gregory Mcatee and Timothy Cope for placing (lit) debris on a highway, which is punishable by up to a $300 fine or 10 days in jail.
Officials with the Ada County Highway District estimate the cost to repair the pavement to be about $1,000 and plan to seek reimbursement.
Police were asked by Kuna Fire officials to go to a cul-de-sac at the intersection of N. Blueblossom Drive and W. Nannyberry Place in north Kuna just before 11 p.m. Saturday.
When officers arrived, they found several people in the cul-de-sac standing around a bonfire in the middle of the road. Kuna Fire crews put out the blaze, which burned hot enough (in excess of 400 degrees) to melt asphalt in the road.
Cope told officers he put a fire pit in the road that night and that it was common for people to have bonfires on the pavement. Mcatee told officers he put his Christmas tree on the fire before other people put more items on, which caused the fire to grow outside the pit and on to the road.
Kuna Melba News wants to know: Just who the heck is still dealing with their Christmas Tree disposal in June?