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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update for Sunday, August 21

Acres:  88,755                                    Containment:    50%             Personnel:  1,810
          Resources assigned includes 43 crews, 13 helicopters, 87 engines, 8 dozers, 35 water tenders, 7 masticators

BOISE, August 21, 2016 - Firefighters were able to hold the northern portion of the fire along Deadwood Ridge and along the Clear Creek road. Helicopters used bucket drops to help prevent the fire spread. Should conditions warrant, firefighters are prepared to conduct back-burning operations to strengthen the containment line along the Clear Creek road. Structure protection is ongoing in the Long Creek Summer home area.

The west side of the fire continues to be the most active. Fire growth in this area was slower due aviation operations (helicopters and water scoopers), thinned vegetation and more favorable weather conditions. The fire is backing down Black Bear Creek drainage- a steep, rugged area. Firefighters and aviation resources are working to slow and/or halt the fire’s advance in this drainage. Fire management strategies for the west side are concentrated on confining the fire north of Forest Road 380 and east of Forest Road 397, and protecting structures northeast of Pioneerville.

The eastern portion of the fire will continue to burn within the fire perimeter and towards the Trapper Ridge burn scar to the east. Highway 17 is open, but remains susceptible to rocks, debris and trees that may fall onto the road from the burned hillsides. Highway 21 is open as well; however, fire continues to burn along this road in some areas. Smoke impacts have decreased over the past few days, but may drift into Lowman, Garden Valley, Stanley, Idaho City, and Boise at times.

Winds have been blowing out of the northwest for the past few days, affecting the fire’s momentum on the western side. A dry cold front is expected early Monday morning, bringing strong and gusty southwest winds and possibly increasing fire behavior.

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 (Bear Valley Road) as well as the Long Creek summer homes area are in Level 2 evacuation status

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/