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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Evacuation levels reduced as fire crews continue to construct containment lines

BOISE, Idaho, September 8, 2016 – Boise County Sheriff Jim Kaczmarek has reduced the voluntary evacuations of residents in two areas impacted by the Pioneer Fire as a result of reduced fire behavior due to containment south of the Payette River and Highway 17.

By order of the Boise County Sheriff, effective at noon on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Evacuation Orders for the Pioneer Fire are as follows:
  • Level 1 evacuations in Garden Valley (South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road, and the Banks Lowman Road east of Danskin Station) have been rescinded. No evacuations are in place for these areas along the South Fork of the Payette River;
  • Level 1 evacuations in Pioneerville have been rescinded. No evacuations are in place for Pioneerville;
  • All properties throughout Lowman will remain at Level 1 evacuations. The summer homes in Long Creek remain at Level 2 evacuations until further notice.
Fire activity increased on the northern edge of the fire east and southeast of Deadwood Reservoir. Firefighters assisted by aerial resources, continue to construct direct and indirect fire lines to keep the fire east of the reservoir. Active fire continues to burn in the northeast head of the fire, as well as several areas within the interior of the fire perimeter.

The fire has progressed into drainages where slope and winds can align, which can lead to an increase in fire behavior based on predicted weather. In preparation, crews continue to construct containment lines along National Forest System (NFS) road 591 to keep the fire from progressing to the west. Firefighters and equipment are being used to clear vegetation from both sides of the road to make it defensible in the event the fire pushes further west.

NFS 555 is also being used as a contingency line to secure the western edge and keep fire out of the immediate Deadwood Reservoir area. On the southern half of the fire below Highway 17, crews continue to repair suppression lines, remove hazard trees and take additional actions to make the roads and areas safe.

Although some evacuation levels have changed, the Fire Area Closure on national forest land is still in effect until further notice. Current closure information is at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

Over the next several days, burning in the fire’s interior will continue to create smoke that will impact Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley and the surrounding areas. The daily air quality outlook is available at:http://idsmoke.blogspot.com


FAST FACTS:  The Pioneer Fire is 181,574 acres and 56% contained. 981 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources include: 21 crews, 9 helicopters, 33 engines, 4 dozers, 17 water tenders and 3 masticators.


FIRE RELATED QUESTIONS: Email pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

FIRE RESTRICTIONS:  idahofireinfo.com