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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pioneer Fire Daily Update for Wednesday, August 24th

Community Meetings have been scheduled for Placerville on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the plaza and in Lowman on Saturday evening at Fire Station #80 on State Route 21.
         
BOISE, August 24, 2016 – The Pioneer Fire is being managing under unified command with Great Basin IMT #1, Idaho Department of State Lands, Boise County Sheriff and the Garden Valley Fire Department.  The structure protection group working in the Black Bear Creek drainage are making great strides in preparing the structures in the division for defense against any advancing fire.  Actions being taken include the removal of ladder fuels or low limbs and removing ground fuels around structures and deploying hose lays and sprinklers for wetting the areas.  The fuel that is being removed is being chipped and scattered away from where the fire could come in contact with the area. 

Burnout operations along the road systems in the Miller and Hall Gulch areas above Pioneerville were successful in securing the road by removing the available fuel between the active fire and the road edge.  Additional firing opportunities are being evaluated along the remaining unsecured lines.  The fire in Clear Creek drainage spotted across the road and is moving up hill on Deadwood Ridge and away from the summer homes.  Firefighters are working on the spot fire and are being supported by aircraft.

Fire crews are repairing fire lines and recovering fire equipment used during suppression.  The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team are assessing and developing a plan for rehabilitation of sensitive areas, repair of infrastructure and stabilization of steep slopes.  Assessment of historical and archeological sites is being conducted as part of the suppression rehabilitation. 
   
Weather forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity recoveries over the next few days with a warming trend returning this weekend.   Winds have been favorable to fire crews in holding efforts on Division A, B and BB. 
  
 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 a Level 1 evacuation order.  Homes along Forest Road 582 (Clear Creek Road) as well as the Long Creek summer homes area 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.

DETAILS — The Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found at fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and information at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866.  Information is also available at facebook.com/Pioneer-Fire-682201165260518 or email questions to pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

SMOKE INFORMATION — Idaho smoke information can be found at idsmoke.blogspot.com
FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com

Acres:  101,992  Containment:  40%  Personnel:  1,908
          Resources assigned includes:  46 crews, 13 helicopters, 86 engines, 9 dozers, 35 water tenders, 7 masticators