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Pioneer Fire grows, evacuations remain advised for parts of Lowman

Boise is under a yellow air quality alert Thursday and smoke from the Pioneer Fire, burning near Lowman, continues to sweep over the Treasure Valley.
Boise is under a yellow air quality alert Thursday and smoke from the Pioneer Fire, burning near Lowman, continues to sweep over the Treasure Valley. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Pioneer Fire grew to an estimated 81,450 acres by Thursday, according to the Boise National Forest.

But crews reported progress on the blaze. The north flank of the fire is in the mop-up stage, and largely contained, and the western part of the fire has not grown, according to the release.

The threat to Lowman homes is going down as well, though the evacuation orders are holding. A Level 2 order is still in effect for about 20 families living on Bear Valley and Lowman Home roads, the area near milepost 21 on the Banks-Lowman Road approaching the junction with Highway 21 as well as those living on Hall and North Shore drives. The order doesn’t mandate evacuations, but heavily suggests residents consider them, according to fire managers.

A Level 1 evacuation is still in effect for the Grimes Pass area east of Garden Valley. That level is a precautionary measure to get families ready in case an evacuation becomes necessary, according to fire managers.

The fire is holding at about 50 percent containment, according to the release.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worries about watershed damage from the 80,000-acre Pioneer Fire burning into the backcountry around Lowman.(Rocky Barker)

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