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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update - Boise National Forest

The Great Basin Incident Command Team 3, Mark Rosenthal, Incident Commander (IC), took management of the fire at 6 a.m. yesterday morning.  New resources have been arriving and are being put to work. 

Today’s plan of action is to utilize natural and man-made features including burn scars, vegetation treatments, terrain features, and fuel changes in combination with direct and indirect strategies to confine, contain, and suppress the fire where we have the greatest probability of success.  One of the priorities is protecting the Elk Creek Watershed, the water source for the community of Idaho City.

Moderate to high fire spread is expected to the north northeast.  Clear skies, warm, dry conditions along with winds shifting due to a cold front passage will promote continued spread on the north flank. 

There was a Community Meeting at the Community Center in Idaho City last night, attended by 48 people.  More Community Meetings will be held as the fire progresses.

Fire Hazards: 
Steep terrain and lack of access roads.  Please use caution when driving near fire area.

Threatened Structures:  0             Damaged or Destroyed Structures:  None  
 
Closures:
The area closure starts at the junction of the Bear Run Road and Main Street in Idaho City.  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 includes NFS road 319, 380 and 399.  Bear run Road to Meadow Drive, the Duquette Pines Subdivision road is not included in the closure.

Boise National Forest Facebook:  U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest
Pioneer Fire Inciweb and Facebook: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/ & Facebook:  Pioneer Fire
Boise NF Public Affairs Officer:  Susan Blake - 850-509-9952
Date of Detection: July 18, 2016 at 5:09 PM
Current Size: 3348 acres (size may increase or decrease with more accurate mapping)
Location: 8 miles North of Idaho City, Idaho
Legal Description: 43° 57’ 1” x 115° 45’ 42”
Containment: 26%
Resources on Fire:  There are currently 388 personnel on this incident:

Hot Shot CREWS
Type 2 CREWS
TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS (HEAVY)
TYPE 2 HELICOPTERS (MED.)
TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS (LIGHTS)
ENGINES
WATER TENDERS
DOZERS
7
6
3
3
2
3
4
0


You can view the closure order and maps online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices  also on the Inciweb and Facebook URLs listed above.