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Pioneer Fire grows, but cooling weather aids crews in suppression

This map outlines the growth of the Pioneer Fire and the area closures or restrictions.
This map outlines the growth of the Pioneer Fire and the area closures or restrictions.

The Pioneer Fire, near Idaho City and Lowman, is burning an estimated 291 square miles as of Tuesday morning, but containment of the blaze is holding at about 56 percent, according to fire managers via Inciweb.

Lowering temperatures and higher humidity as assisted the 1,100 people working on the blaze. They’re using 21 fire engines, nine helicopters, three bulldozers, six water tenders and one masticator to fight the fire. Crews are focusing on building fire lines along Forest Service roads 591 and 555 to keep the fire from getting much farther east of Deadwood Reservoir, according to fire managers.

Residents living in Lowman are under a Level 1 evacuation order, which is a precautionary measure to get residents ready for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. Folks staying in summer homes at Long Creek are under a Level 2 evacuation order, which is a voluntary evacuation. But evacuations have been lifted for those living in Garden Valley and Pioneerville, according to fire managers.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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