Pioneer fire camp relocated to focus on northwest side of fire

Cooler weather has helped firefighters battling the massive Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City, and the firefighting base camp at Idaho City has been relocated to Bruce Meadows to better position available resources, fire managers said via InciWeb Wednesday.

Primary suppression activity is focused on the northwest side of the fire, and relocating the fire camp shortens travel time to containment and contingency lines along the fire’s western flank, fire managers said. Nearly 1,000 people are working on the Pioneer Fire.

The fire, which started in mid-July, has grown slowly this week and as of Wednesday evening was estimated at 181,297 acres and 56 percent containment. Full containment is still projected for mid-October.

Containment strategies are heavily dependent on how the weather develops over the next several days, managers said. The current period of cool, wet weather is predicted to come to an end by this weekend, signaling possible increases in fire behavior.

Continued burning in the fire’s interior will continue to create smoke that will impact Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley, and the surrounding areas, fire managers said.