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Update: Pioneer Fire now nearly 40,000 acres

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 11:21:05-04

The Pioneer fire burning near Idaho City has now grown to more than 38,000 acres.  The fire is 30 percent contained.

The Boise National Forest reported the aviation operations at Pioneer Fire was interrupted once again on Saturday during a critical period of fire suppression due to a drone in the area.  It's the third time that's happened.

The number of firefighters who are battling this fire has increased to 1,282 people.

Significant growth occurred on several parts over the weekend due to hot, dry conditions and strong winds.

Aviation resources flew throughout the day on Saturday—with the exception of the 45-minute delay caused by a drone incursion—delivering water and retardant to slow the fire growth.

“If you fly, we can’t. Please do not fly drones in or near the fire area,” stated Boise National Forest.