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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update for Thursday, August 18th

Acres:  81,450                Containment:    50%             Personnel:  1,584
Resources assigned includes 48 crews, 13 helicopters, 77 engines, 
9 dozers, 33 water tenders, 7 masticators

On the north end of the fire, firefighters contained and have begun to mop-up a spot fire on the ridge above Long Gulch.  Otherwise the western flank of the fire north of Highway 17 has exhibited no additional growth for several days. 

Scott Mountain Lookout has been wrapped with a reflective thermal barrier in the event the fire burns to the west.

Threats to the area around Lowman proper continue to decline following successful burning operations that were completed on Tuesday.

Firefighters continued to establish control lines approximately seven miles northeast of Pioneerville while aerial resources aided in slowing the fire’s advancement.  The fire burned actively throughout the night slowing line construction by crews. 
   
A dry cold front with strong northwest wind is expected to impact fire behavior over the next few days.   The fire will remain active until nighttime inversions cause fire behavior to moderate.   The southern end of the fire is largely contained. 

A Level 2 evacuation remains in place for the following areas:
Banks Lowman Road, MP 31 to Lowman
North Shore Drive
Lower Bear Valley Road
Lowman Home Road
Residents on the west side of HWY 21 and Junction Banks on Lowman Road, at MP 73
Hall Drive

Level 1 evacuation orders are in place for the Grimes Pass area east of Garden Valley. 
Highway 17 remains closed in the fire area, but is open from Banks to the Danskin boat launch.

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/