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Monday, September 12, 2016

Weather predicted to reduce fire activity on Pioneer Fire

BOISE, IdahoSeptember 12, 2016 – A dry cold front moved into the region yesterday increasing cloud cover, lowering temperatures and producing breezy conditions over the fire.

The change in weather over the weekend produced some group torching of trees, creeping and backing flames. Continued north to northwest winds are ushering in cooler temperatures that will help raise relative humidity values in the coming days. This increase in surface moisture will also raise precipitation chances into the mid-week. As a result, fuel moisture values will slowly rebound, which will greatly aids in reducing fire activity. 

Safety for firefighters and support personnel is a priority as the fire area is located in rugged terrain and thick timber. Crews continue to construct indirect fire line along National Forest System (NFS) Roads 591 and 579 east and northeast of Deadwood Reservoir. Heavier fuels are being removed along these indirect fire lines using feller/bunchers to remove trees and wood chippers.

In conjunction with these indirect containment lines, hose lines are in place if needed as reinforcement to hold potential fire activity. Heavy equipment is also being used to reduce the amount of hazardous trees and risk near firefighters.

Fire activity in the Miller Mountain and Long Creek area is slowly burning into the Lowman Fire burn scar where fuels are sparse and broken, which will limit fire activity. Fire activity in the Crooked Creek drainage is slowly backing down toward the creek and should hold once fire reaches the creek. Both these areas will be monitored by firefighting resources. All other existing fire lines are holding and will be monitored in the coming days.

Suppression repair is nearly complete on the southern portion of the fire south of Highway 17 with only a few spots needing additional clean up. Crews positioned on the southern portion of the fire will continue to monitor containment lines and be available for initial attack for any new wildfire starts.

Based on current and potential fire activity, we do not expect additional closures on the Boise National Forest. The current closure status is available on online at

The daily outlook for air quality is available at

FAST FACTS:  The Pioneer Fire is 185,895 acres and 56% contained. 1,033 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources include: 27 crews, 9 helicopters, 21 engines, 3 dozers, 6 water tenders and 1 masticators.