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Friday, July 22, 2016

Pioneer Fire grows to 2,000 acres as more resources are called in

The Pioneer Fire burned actively throughout last night. The fire is approximately 2,000 acres and is growing mostly in a northerly direction. The south flank is holding and the fire continues to be about eight miles north of Idaho City. There is no current threat to that community or other communities in the area.

A large smoke column was visible Thursday due to very high temperatures, very low humidity and increased winds. Southwest wind gusts up to 20 mph are forecasted for today, which is anticipated to increase fire activity to the north again. 

A Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire this morning. Over 300 firefighting personnel are involved with the fire, and some fire resources are being shifted from the Mile Marker 14 fire, including a Type 1 Heavy Lift Helicopter, which can carry nearly 1,000 gallons of water per load.

A public meeting will be held in Idaho City tonight at 8 p.m. at the Ray Robinson Community Center located at 206 W. Commercial Street. An area closure is In effect. For more information about the Pioneer Fire go tohttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/ or visit us on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service - Boise National Forest.

Buck Fire and Casner Fire updates:
The 1255 acre Buck Fire on the Lowman Ranger District which was contained on July 13 continues to be patrolled and monitored by an engine each day. Some interior smoke continues to persist, but there is no threat to the fire's containment.

The two acre Casner Fire on the Idaho City Ranger District was contained July 21. Two fire crews continue to mop up hot spots. Full control is anticipated by late today.