Meeting set Friday night in Idaho City on 2,000 acre Pioneer Fire

The blaze northeast of Idaho City has grown to 2,000 acres and remained 20 percent contained Friday afternoon, according to the Boise National Forest.

A community meeting about the fire is set for 8 p.m. Friday at Idaho City's Roy Robinson Community Hall, 206 W. Commercial St. Mark Rosenthal’s Great Basin Team 3 will provide information at that meeting.

More than 300 firefighters were on scene Friday, including five hotshot crews and five helicopters, the forest service reports. Fire crews continue to hold the fire west of Elk Creek. The fire is fully staffed and Rosenthal's Type 2 Incident Management Team has been briefed and will assume management of the fire on Friday.

Smoke can be seen from Boise, Idaho City, Centerville and Pioneerville and as far north as Cascade and McCall. An area closure is in effect, but no structures are in immediate danger. As of Friday afternoon the fire was burning in a northerly direction.

The fire was reported late Monday afternoon, and its cause is still under investigation.