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Monday, July 25, 2016

A section of Idaho State Highway 21 will be closed tomorrow due to the Pioneer Fire

IDAHO CITY, Idaho, Mon., July 25, 2016 -- Idaho State Highway 21 between Mile Marker 72.5 north of Lowman near the South Fork Lodge to Mile Marker 48 one mile west of Ten Mile Campground, east of Idaho City will be closed to all traffic beginning at 8 a.m.Tuesday, July 26.

Today, there will be a car piloting through traffic, but motorists should expect delays. The closure will allow firefighters to prepare the road as a containment line. This effort is designed to slow fire spread.

“Firefighters will be removing brush and cutting trees along the roadway. Due to the hazards associated with that activity, public traffic will need to be fully restricted,” said Incident Commander Mark Rosenthal. “Existing road systems are often a key containment point for wildfires and can be very effective when prepared ahead.”

The road closure will remain in effect until fire activity has abated and the area again becomes safe for public travel.

The alternative route for the Idaho State Highway 21 section is the Banks – Lowman Road (Highway 17). That route is accessible from Boise on Highway 55 to Banks, and then through Garden Valley to Lowman.

Updated information regarding the highways status will be available at the Boise National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and the Boise National Forest Facebook page at U.S. Forest Service - Boise National Forest, Inciwebhttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/ or by calling the Fire Information Hotline at 384-3266.