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Pioneer Fire grows, but containment increases

Crews are still working to build containment lines around the Pioneer Fire, burning near Idaho City and Lowman.
Crews are still working to build containment lines around the Pioneer Fire, burning near Idaho City and Lowman.

Containment on the Pioneer Fire, burning near Idaho City and Lowman, got higher than it’s ever been, now at 53 percent, according to fire managers via Inciweb.

The highest it’s been before was 50 percent, last reached earlier this month.

But the fire continues to grow. By Friday afternoon fire managers estimated it was burning 104,263 acres.

Level 1 evacuation orders are still in effect for homes along South Fork Road, east of Grimes Pass Road, near the South Fork of the Payette River, in Lowman and in Pioneerville. Level 1 evacuations are precautionary efforts meant to prep residents for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. Residents living in the Long Creek area or along Clear Creek Road are under Level 2 evacuation orders, which are voluntary.

Highway 17 and 21 are still open to the public, but motorists are urged drive with caution, fire managers reported.

More than 1,600 people are using 80 engines, 13 helicopters, six bulldozers, 34 water tenders, six masticators and two skidders to fight the fire.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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