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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pioneer Fire Press Release Tuesday August 3, 2016


Fire managers will provide an update and answer questions at a community meeting tonight at the Lowman Emergency Services Building, located 7 miles east of Lowman. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The fire grew to the north and east yesterday, adding more than 6,000 acres for a total size of 48,350 acres.  Containment is now 36 percent.  Resources are rotating out as they reach the end of their assignment and are being replaced. There are currently 1,497 people on the fire.  This includes 44 crews, 10 helicopters, 48 engines, 8 dozers, 14 watertenders, and 5 masticators.

Hotshot crews took over where heavy equipment ran into rocky terrain on Burns Ridge and started building line down into the South Fork of the Payette River to prevent the fire from moving into the Hole in the Wall area and toward Lowman. The fire edged northward in the upper Rock Creek drainage, with spotting ahead of the fire. East of Highway 21, the fire continued to burn northward, forcing firefighters to pull back from the dozer line along Banner Ridge. Fire managers reallocated these resources to structure protection in Lowman. On the northeast side, the fire burned into the Pikes Fork and Crooked River drainages. On the southern flank, firefighters held and mopped up line from Pilot Peak down to Highway 21, and along Sunset Lookout Road, after successful burnouts Monday night. Southwest winds helped keep the south flank in check. Firefighters again patrolled the contained west portion of the fire. A cold front moved across the fire area last night, bringing strong northwest winds. Aviation resources flew throughout the day, delivering water and retardant to slow fire growth.

Slightly cooler temperatures and northwest winds should aid firefighters attempting to prevent the fire from burning northward to Lowman. Hotshot crews will work to complete containment line from Burns Ridge down to the South Fork of the Payette River. If conditions permit, they plan to secure the line with a burnout this evening. On the eastern flank, crews will attempt to use previous fire scars and natural features to check fire growth. Mop-up will continue on the southern flank and on other contained portions of the fire. In addition to the main Incident Command Post in Idaho City, camps have been established in Garden Valley and Lowman to reduce travel time for firefighters driving to and from the fire line. The next low pressure system is expected to arrive Friday, bringing the chance of thunderstorms and dry lightning.
 
The Skyline yurt, previously reported as destroyed, actually survived. The Stargaze yurt also survived. Whispering Pines yurt has been destroyed. The Rocky Ridge, Elkhorn and Banner yurts have not yet been reconnoitered.

Drones are not allowed in, near or around a wildfire area
IF YOU FLY, WE CAN’T. PLEASE DO NOT FLY DRONES IN OR NEAR THE FIRE AREA.

The area closure order for the fire can be viewed online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and at inciweb.nwcg.gov. Information is also available at https://www.facebook.com/Pioneer-Fire-682201165260518/