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Monday, July 18, 2016

Fire crews respond to wildfires on Idaho City and Lowman Ranger Districts

BOISE, Idaho, July 18, 2016 -- Fire crews are responding to two new wildfires discovered today on the Idaho City and Lowman Ranger Districts.

The Pioneer Fire eight miles north of Idaho City and west of Elk Creek was reported at approximately 5 p.m. this afternoon. When crews arrived on scene the fire was two acres and has grown to over 30 acres.

Fire crews evacuated dispersed campers to safety and there are only minor structures threatened and the cause of the fire is unknown. Currently, there are two handcrews, one engine and 13 smoke jumpers engaged in fighting the fire. Additional resources have been ordered. 

On the Lowman Ranger District, the Casner Fire was discovered earlier today at approximately 3:30 p.m., four miles west of Warm Springs and north of Idaho State Highway 21. Initial reports indicated the fire was approximately a 1/2 acre and has grown to 3/4 acre. 

One engine and a handcrew are responding to the fire. There are no threats to life or property and the cause of the fire is unknown.