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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update for Monday, August 15th


A community meeting will be held tonight at the Idaho City Senior Center at 7 p.m.

Acres:    73,358                  Containment:    40%            Personnel:  1,799
Resources assigned includes 47 crews, 12 helicopters, 55 engines, 11 dozers, 29 water tenders, 7 masticators

North of Highway 17, there was minimal fire spread to the north in the Deadwood River drainage yesterday. Crews continue to create a fuel break by thinning and chipping on the Clear Creek Road and immediate vicinity.  On Deadwood Ridge above Clear Creek, crews will begin direct suppression efforts today at the northeastern tip of the fire.  Dozer line has been completed on the west ridge above Deadwood River and construction of that dozer line continues northward.
The western flank saw increased fire activity, south of Highway 17.  The fire spread two miles to the west in the last 24 hours, and included the Little Hole in the Wall and Little Fall Creek drainages.  Firefighters continue to secure the containment line west of Grayback Creek. 

As winds shifted Sunday evening, fire spread to the northeast in Trapper Flats to Ten Mile Creek as anticipated, but continued to remain within the containment line. Crews worked through the night continuing to secure the fireline, with expectations of similar weather conditions through Monday. 

Temperatures remain unseasonably warm and dry.  Some thunderstorms can be expected south of the Idaho border.  Area winds will be out of the north/northwest, with gusts of up to 15 to 20 mph in some areas. The weather will contribute to smoke in the valleys and increased fire activity is possible.

There are now two structure protection groups; an east group working in conjunction with Fire Chief Paul Rekow and the Lowman Volunteer Fire Department, and a west group working in conjunction with Fire Chief Jon Delvalle and Garden Valley Fire Protection District. 

Level 1 evacuation orders are in place for the Grimes Pass area east of Garden Valley.  Lowman continues to remain at Level 1 evacuation status. 

Highway 17 remains closed from Danskin to the Lowman intersection.  The closure is regularly evaluated by fire managers and county public safety personnel.

Details on the Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found 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/ or email questions to pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

SMOKE INFORMATION – Idaho smoke information can be found at https://idsmoke.blogspot.com

FIRE RESTRICTIONS – Please check fire restrictions at http://www.idahofireinfo.com/