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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update for Wednesday, Sept. 7th

Fire crews reinforce containment lines as dry, warmer weather is forecasted for the weekend

BOISE, IdahoSeptember 7, 2016 – Fire crews continue to focus their efforts keeping the Pioneer Fire east of the Deadwood Reservoir and south of National Forest System (NFS) road 579.

Containment strategies are heavily dependent on how the weather develops over the next several days. The current period of cool, wet weather is predicted to move out by the weekend, with a forecast of sunny days with no precipitation and relative humidity is expected to drop into the teens signaling increased fire behavior.

Crews will conduct suppression activities including building direct fire lines where possible without risking firefighter safety. Where direct engagement is not possible, containment lines are being constructed along NFS road 591. Firefighters are clearing both sides of the road to make it defensible in the event the fire pushes towards that boundary.

 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

The Warm Springs, Bruce Meadows and Landmark airstrips are open for public use. A temporary flight restriction is still in place to the west of Trail #147/Warm Springs Creek Trail. Trail #147 can be used to access Bull Trout Lake; users of Trail #147 can stay out of the closure area by keeping to the east side of the trail. Private and commercial aircraft, as well as privately owned drones are prohibited from entering restricted airspace. Temporary Flight Restrictions can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_6910.html.

Recreationists, hunters and community members should note that closure orders remain in effect for multiple roads and trails. Enforcement of closure orders continue to be in place to ensure the safety of the public and firefighters assigned to the incident. Current closure information is at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

The following evacuation levels remain in place: Level 2 (be set) for seasonal homes located near Clear Creek; Level 1 (be ready) for Pioneerville and Lowman; and Level 1 for structures in the South Fork Road area, east of Grimes Creek and along the South Fork Payette River.

The Pioneer Fire is 181,297 acres and 56% contained. 988 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources include: 21 crews, 9 helicopters, 30 engines, 4 dozers, 17 water tenders and 3 masticators.
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