Fires update: Pioneer Fire slows down, Stanley Lake camping reopening

The Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City is massive — 65,285 acres as of Thursday — but its growth has been slowed by milder temperatures and light winds, the Boise National Forest reports.

The fire, which started in mid-July, grew only 400 acres Wednesday, according to a Thursday news release.

But the 1,500 firefighters assigned to Pioneer represent about 24 percent of firefighting resources mobilized nationwide, the Boise National Forest tweeted Thursday evening.

The fire is 37 percent contained, with full containment forecast for the end of September. Fire managers said Pioneer is still fairly active north and west of Lowman, but evacuation fears for the community have eased. The southwest corner of the fire is now in patrol and mop-up status. Highway 17, aka the Banks-Lowman Road, remains closed from Gallagher Creek to the Lowman intersection.

Also in the Boise National Forest, the lightning-sparked Rough Fire has burned 1,629 acres about 14 miles northeast of Lowman and is an estimated 10 percent contained. The fire was reported Sunday, and full containment is estimated for Sept. 15.

On Thursday, firefighters worked to contain the southwest flank of the Rough Fire toward the scar burned by the 2006 Red Mountain Fire.

A fire burning northwest of Stanley Lake in the Sawtooth National Forest is reaching containment, according to a Sawtooth National Forest press release.

The fire is now burning an estimated 788 acres, but is at 90 percent containment. Stanley Lake campgrounds are reopening Friday to the public and Highway 21from Stanley to Lowman is open, but fire managers urge motorists to drive slowly and remain alert, according to the release.