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Friday, August 12, 2016

Burnout Begins on Pioneer Fire Near Highway 17


Boise, Idaho – Working with favorable weather conditions yesterday, a successful burnout was conducted between the secure southwest corner and the uncontrolled line to its immediate north. See map here. The smoke column was visible for many miles. Along the east flank, operations worked to connect the Jackson Peak Lookout Road (Forest Road #598) to the Trapper Ridge Fire of 2007 with a handline before initiating burnout operations last evening. Throughout the night, firefighters patrolled the corridor on the northeast line assessing homes and taking care of hotspots.

On the north flank, steep terrain and bug-killed timber in the portion of the fire northwest of Lowman proper are posing significant challenges to firefighters trying to engage uphill, advancing fire in the Deadwood Drainage. Thursday through Saturday, containment lines are being built parallel to the burn perimeter on the northwest edge of the fire. Burn-out operations may be conducted over the weekend to better secure those lines to keep the fire east of Danskin Creek. 

If weather allows, burnout operations will continue on the east flank of the fire. Crews are working on a direct line south of Highway 17 in an effort to keep it from moving west to Garden Valley. Crews are also working on indirect line construction north of Highway 17 in an effort to prevent fire spread toward Garden Valley and Lowman.

Highway 17 remains closed from Little Gallagher Creek about 9 miles east of Garden Valley to Lowman due to hazardous and unpredictable conditions on the roadway. 

There are 1,459 personnel assigned to the fire. This includes 37 crews, 11 helicopters, 48 engines, 10 dozers, 22 water tenders and 6 masticators.

Forest Roads #327 and #384 are not open due to on-going fire activity.  Details on the Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and at inciweb.nwcg.gov.

The 1,700-acre Rough Fire, located 14 miles northeast of Lowman, grew slowly yesterday.  It is 10 percent contained and burning in an area with several old fire scars which are being used for partial containment. As the fire hits the old burns it slows and creeps through the vegetation.  On other flanks, crews build firelines to steer the fire into meadows or natural barriers.  A water scooper was used on the fire yesterday, with water being “scooped” from Deadwood Reservoir. Over 220 firefighters are working to fully contain the fire.