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Area burned by Pioneer Fire makes it through downpours with no major floods

This map shows the area the Pioneer Fire burned in Valley and Boise counties, as well as a related closure area.
This map shows the area the Pioneer Fire burned in Valley and Boise counties, as well as a related closure area.

The Pioneer Fire tore through about 188,400 acres (about 294 square miles) of forested land in Boise and Valley counties since it started this summer.

As rain began to pour on the burn scar, near Idaho City and Lowman, officials warned residents that flash flooding was possible.

But the soil managed to absorb more water than officials expected, and residents made it to Tuesday with only minor flooding, no property damage, no injuries and no road obstructions, said John Roberts, emergency management coordinator for Boise County.

“We had a couple tense nights,” he said.

Now the temperatures are lower and the precipitation has turned to snow.

“We’re probably OK about it until winter’s over,” Roberts said.

The creeks are running high, and there was minor flooding and landslides in spots, but nothing disastrous, he said.

“The creeks are running real black and ugly right now,” he said.

Officials expect runoff won’t create flooding conditions again until spring, Roberts said.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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