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Progress on Pioneer Fire continues; meeting set in Lowman Sunday

The “pyrocumulus column” visible above the Boise Foothills Friday evening is from burnout operations for the Pioneer Fire in Boise County, the Boise National Forest reports.
The “pyrocumulus column” visible above the Boise Foothills Friday evening is from burnout operations for the Pioneer Fire in Boise County, the Boise National Forest reports. kmoeller@idahostatesman.com

Progress on the nearly 67,000-acre Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City is continuing, including a burnout operation between the fire's secure southwest corner and the uncontrolled fire to the north, according to a Boise National Forest news release Friday.

A community meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lowman Fire Hall on Idaho 21, milepost 80.

Steep terrain and bug-killed timber in the portion of the fire northwest of Lowman proper are posing significant challenges to firefighters, the Boise National Forest reports. Through Saturday, containment lines are being built parallel to the burn perimeter on the northwest edge of the fire. Burnout operations may be conducted over the weekend to better secure those lines to keep the fire east of Danskin Creek, the Forest Service reports. The fire remains at 37 percent contained.

Also in the Boise National Forest, the 1,700-acre Rough Fire continues burning northeast of Lowman. Sparked by lightning last weekend, it is 10 percent contained. More than 220 firefighters are working on the fire.

Firefighters used backburns to help keep the Pioneer Fire from encroaching on Lowman, Idaho on Thursday.

Almost 1,000 people are working on the Pioneer Fire, with 36 engines, 10 helicopters, nine water tenders, four bulldozers and five tree-chippers. Crews are focusing on preventing the fire from burning farther north or east, building lines and seek

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