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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Area closure in effect as a result of the Pioneer Fire

BOISE, Idaho, July 19, 2016 -- The Boise National Forest issues an area closure effective immediately as a result of the Pioneer Fire eight miles north of Idaho City. 

The Pioneer Fire Area Closure is described as all National Forest System (NFS) lands, including all roads and trails within the area defined in the boundary map and closure order beginning at the Junction of Bear Run Road and Main Street in Idaho City. 

Bear Run Road to Meadow Drive, the Duquette Pines Subdivision road is not included in the closure. Elk Creek Road or National Forest System (NFS) road 379 is closed beginning at Spanish Fork Road. Other closed roads that form the boundary of the closure area include NFS road 319, 380 and 399.

The area closure order can be viewed online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

Now in its second day, over 200 hundred firefighters continue to battle the fire, which has grown to 240 acres and a Type 2 team has been ordered to manage the incident. Fire officials have requested additional resources including four hotshot crews.

Smoke can be seen from Idaho City, Centerville and Pioneerville, but the fire is headed northeast away from these communities. At this time, there are no structures in eminent danger. The cause of the fire is unknown. 

Idaho State Highway 21 is currently closed to through traffic due to the Mile Marker 14 (MM14) Fire near the Lucky Peak Dam. Aircraft assigned to the Pioneer Fire have been diverted to the MM14 Fire. For information regarding this incident please contact the Bureau of Land Management at 208-941-6495.

For more information about the Pioneer Fire go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/ or visit us on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service - Boise National Forest.