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Mother Nature may help firefighters with the Pioneer Fire

Cooler temps may help firefighters
Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 14:48:17-04

The Pioneer Fire continues to burn northeast in the Deadwood River and Bear Valley drainages. The fire has grown to 179,977 acres and is 52% contained.  More than 1,000 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources assigned include 19 crews, 9 helicopters, 42 engines, three dozers, 22 water tenders and three masticators.

Firefighters are still looking for opportunities to slow the progression of the fire and utilize previous fire scars to the northeast.  On the southern portion of the fire near Crooked River, firefighters are achieving mop-up and suppression repair.  Firefighters are working along the 555, 582, and 563 roads, assessing hazard trees, performing suppression repairs, and protecting Bureau of Reclamation structures near the Deadwood Reservoir.

Cooler temperatures will move in Friday and linger into the weekend.  The chance of precipitation is predicted to increase overnight Friday into Sunday.

Closure orders have been expanded for many roads and trails on the Boise National Forest to maximize public and firefighter safety.  As the holiday weekend approaches, fire crews advise the public NOT to camp in any areas north of Forest Service Road 579 between Forest Service Road 555 junction and Elk Creek Guard Station.  

Smoke from the fire will continue to impact the communities of Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley and the surrounding areas.  Officials are monitoring air quality due to smoke from the fire.

A Level 2 evacuation designation is still in effect for the summer homes located in the Clear Creek area.  A Level 1 designation continues for all of the properties in Pioneerville, the Lowman area and for homes in the South Fork Road area, east of Grimes Creek and along the South Fork Payette River.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is also  in place over the fire area. Private and commercial aircraft, as well as privately owned drones, are prohibited from entering the restricted air space. Fire suppression aircraft may be grounded if unauthorized aircraft or drones are observed in the air space. 

For more information,  contact the Garden Valley Area Fire Information line at  844-633-3090.