Cooler temperatures, reduced winds helping Pioneer Fire crews; Lowman still in danger

Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 15:23:00-04

Cooler temperatures and reduced winds are helping firefighters battle the Pioneer Fire, burning rugged terrain near the small town of Lowman.

The fire was kept at about 100 square miles Wednesday. So far, it has scorched some 64,786 acres. Crews reportedly have it about 35 percent contained.

Officials say Lowman is still in danger -- and the Banks-Lowman Road remains closed.

About 1,600 firefighters are fighting the blaze which, for several weeks now, has been unstoppable.

Fire officials say they plan to take advantage of temperatures in the 60s and 70s to strengthen fire lines protecting Lowman.

Structure protection is also in place in the town, including a sprinkler system to water down homes.

The evacuation level has been reduced to the lowest level, requiring residents to be alert for changes.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)