After several days of cooling weather and occasional rain, the Pioneer Fire, burning near Lowman and Idaho City, grew gradually by Wednesday morning, and containment continued to increase, according to fire managers via Inciweb.
The fire is burning an estimated 181,297 acres Wednesday. Containment increased by 1 percent since Monday, and held at 56 percent, according to fire managers.
More than 980 people are working on the fire using nine helicopters, 35 engines, four bulldozers, 19 water tenders and three masticators.
A Level 2 evacuation, which is a voluntary evacuation, is in place for homes near Clear Creek. A Level 1 evacuation order, which is a measure to prepare residents for a voluntary or mandatory evacuation, is in place for Pioneerville, Lowman, along the South Fork Road, east of Grimes Creek an dalong the South Fork of the Payette River, according to fire managers.
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Private and commercial aircrafts, as well as drones, are prohibited from flying over the fire area.