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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Boise National Forest Fire Updates for the Pioneer and Rough Fires, Tuesday, August 23

BOISE, IdahoAugust 23, 2016 - The Pioneer Fire is at 100,367 acres and 47% contained.  There are 2,015 personnel assigned to the fire.  Resources assigned include 51 crews, 12 helicopters, 91 engines, 9 dozers, 37 water tenders and 7 masticators.

Fire spread to the north along Deadwood Ridge was moderate yesterday, extending another mile north in dead timber while backing into the Pine Creek drainage.  Firefighters extinguished several spot fires on the east side of Clear Creek Road.  The fire spotted across the road in the evening, more than a mile north of the summer homes area.

Fire personnel are continuing to strengthen and improve containment lines on the northern perimeter from Highway 21 to Trapper Creek on the east.  The eastern portion of the fire continues to consume unburned islands of fuels but has not extended the perimeter eastward to any degree.  The southern perimeter from Willow Creek on the east, extending to Clear Creek on the west, has been contained and suppression repair is in full swing.

On the western flank, crews took advantage of favorable winds and were successful in burning the area north of Clear Creek, creating a fuel break that keeps the fire from moving south.  Suppression actions were focused from the Halls Gulch area to Black Bear Creek area, where the fire is backing downslope.  Fire management strategies today for the west side are concentrated on confining the fire north and east of Pioneerville and the Idaho Department of Land areas.  Suppression rehabilitation efforts continue in the southern portion of the fire.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is working with the local units to assess and prescribe emergency treatments on Federal lands.  This minimizes threats to life and property resulting from fire effects, and stabilizes and prevents unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources.

Cooler temperatures are expected this week.  Fire activity may remain the same or increase with up-drainage winds.

A Level 2 evacuation order remains in effect for residents along the South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road and along the South Fork Payette River.  All properties in the Lowman area and Pioneerville are under Level 1 evacuation.  Homes along Forest Road 582 (Clear Creek Road) and Long Creek summer homes are in Level 2 evacuation status.  The public using these highways is reminded to use caution when encountering fire equipment and personnel and give them adequate room when passing.  Reduce speeds but do not stop in the fire area.

Rough Fire
Located 14 miles northeast of Lowman, the Rough Fire is 4,000 acres and 20% contained.  Resources include 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 3 engines and 90 personnel.  Expected containment is September 15