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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Pioneer Fire Press Release Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Pioneer Fire is 64,351 acres, containment is 28 percent. There are currently 1,603 people on the fire. This includes 43 crews, 11 helicopters, 63 engines, 8 dozers, 21 water tenders, and 6 masticators.
Cooler temperatures and mild winds gave firefighters the opportunity to strengthen existing containment lines and build new ones while the total fire grew by less than 1,000 acres yesterday. On the northeast side of the fire, crews completed containment line from Lowman to Archie Mountain, and worked to tie off the northeast corner of the fire near the confluence of Trapper Creek and the Crooked River. Crews began line construction northwest of Lowman near Scott Mountain Road / Forest Service Road 555, and completed dozer and hand line west of Hole in the Wall Canyon north to the South Fork Payette River in an effort to box in the active fire burning west of Lowman that is threatening the Highway 17 corridor. Firefighters successfully contained a small start north of Lowman called the Ridge Fire. The Idaho Transportation Department cleared hazard trees along Highway 21 from Idaho City to Lowman.
Highway 21 between Lowman and Idaho City reopens to public travel at 9 a.m. today and Boise County has lowered the evacuation notice for Lowman back to a Level 1. The public is encouraged to drive with caution through the fire area because fire crews are still working along the highway. Firefighters will take advantage of predicted cooler temperatures and light winds to continue building and strengthening containment lines around the fire today. Crews will look for opportunities to begin burnout operations along dozer lines west of Hole in the Wall Canyon down to the South Fork Payette River, and they will continue constructing dozer and hand line in the Deadwood drainage near Slaughterhouse Creek north of Highway 17 in an effort to protect Lowman and keep the fire from moving north. Crews have begun rehabilitation work on the southern portions of the fire and continue to patrol the eastern fire perimeter as it slowly burns through dead and down material in previous burn scars.
The Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Team will take command of the Pioneer Fire from the Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10.
With the increasing potential for new fire starts, please report wildfires by calling 9-1-1 or Boise Interagency Dispatch Center, 208-384-3400.
Unauthorized 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/