Since Labor Day weekend, as temperatures dropped and rain spattered Boise County, the Pioneer Fire’s growth has slowed and crews have maintained their level of containment, according to fire managers via Inciweb.
The fire, near Idaho City and Lowman, is burning an estimated 181,574 acres and is still at 56 percent containment. More than 980 people are working on the blaze, using nine helicopters, 30 engines, four bulldozers, 17 water tenders and three masticators, fire managers reported.
Firefighters have relocated their base camp to the northwest side of the fire in Bruce Meadows for better positioning. They are working to keep the fire east of Forest Service Road 555 and FS Road 591. They are also monitoring the fire as it burns into a fire scar south in Long Creek and along Crooked River. Recreationists should look at closure maps here before making a trip in the region, since many roads and trails have been shut down.
Level 2 evacuation orders, which are voluntary evacuations, are still in place for residents living near Clear Creek. Level 1 evacuation orders, which are a precautionary measure to get people ready for voluntary or mandatory evacuations, are still in effect for Pioneerville, Lowman, homes in the South Fork Road area, east of Grimes Creek and along the South Fork of the Payette River, according to fire managers.
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Though the growth of the fire has been slowed, fire activity could increase since it burned into areas more susceptible to wind, fire managers reported.