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Lowman evacuation reduced; Highway 21 from Idaho City to Lowman to reopen Tuesday morning

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 18:21:45-04

Evacuations for the town Lowman will be reduced to a Level 1 Tuesday, August 9th at 9:00 am.  However, residents of Lowman must stay alert, officials said, since the threat of wildfire is still present.

The Idaho Transportation Department will re-open Highway 21 Tuesday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. between Lowman and Idaho City. The public will be granted access on both north and south bound lanes of travel at that time, according to the ITD. Highway 21 has been closed since July 23 due to the Pioneer Fire.

All portions of the Pioneer Fire adjacent to Highway 21 have now been contained, but motorists should expect to see smoke -- and even small flames in some areas that were blackened by the fire. Smoke and isolated patches of flames may continue for a while or until the area receives significant precipitation, Boise National Forest official stated. Drivers should use caution when driving through areas of smoke as they may significantly reduce visibility. 

Fire crews have worked to reduce hazards along this section of roadway, however, drivers still need to be aware that some trees with weakened root systems may fall and block the road, especially during high wind events.    

Highway 21 between Idaho City and Lowman will experience heavier-than-usual traffic for several weeks or until the Pioneer Fire is contained, Forest officials said. Fire crews will also be using this road, particularly in the morning and evening when fire crews travel to and from the fireline.

Motorists may experience delays on Highway 21 between Lowman and Stanley due to the Dry Creek Fire.

Highway 17 from Lowman to the Danskin Boat Launch and all Forest service roads within the Boise National Forest area closure will continue to remain closed until further notice.