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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pioneer Fire area closure expands due to fire activity

BOISE, IdahoJuly 23, 2016 - The area closure for the Pioneer Fire, located about seven miles north of Idaho City in Boise County, has been revised to include a larger area due to the fires recent spread and long term potential for it to increase in size.

The new closed area was established July 23, 2016 due to the concern for public safety and the hazards associated with the wildfire, which continues to move northeast and east.

The closure northern boundary parallels the South Fork Payette River from Lowman to the Grimes Pass Road, but the river is open to rafting use. The new closure also borders Highway 21 from Lowman to nearly Idaho City, but the highway is open.

In addition, the new closure borders the Centerville and Grimes Pass roads, but those roads are also open.

A detailed description of the closure is attached. The area closure order can be viewed online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and at inciweb.nwcg.gov

The 3,400-acre Pioneer Fire is being fought by almost 400 firefighters. It is burning in remote steep country with limited road access and heavy fuels. 

Further information is also available at the Boise National Forest Fire Information hotline
at 208-384-3268.