Pioneer Fire grows to 2,000 acres; Idaho City community meeting set for tonight

Posted at 12:48 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 14:49:02-04

The Pioneer Fire, that Boise National Forest officials say burned actively Thursday night, has now scorched some 2,000 acres -- and is moving mostly in a northerly direction.

“The south flank is holding and the fire continues to be about eight miles north of Idaho City. There is no current threat to that community or other communities in the area,” said Boise National Forest spokeswoman Susan Blake.

A large smoke column was visible from Boise, Nampa and Caldwell Thursday due to very high temperatures, very low humidity and increased winds. Southwest wind gusts up to 20 mph are forecast for Friday -- which is anticipated to increase fire activity to the north again. 

“Over 300 firefighting personnel are involved with the fire, and some fire resources are being shifted from the Mile Marker 14 fire -- including a Type 1 Heavy Lift Helicopter, which can carry nearly 1,000 gallons of water per load,” Blake said.

A public meeting will be held in Idaho City tonight at 8 p.m. at the Ray Robinson Community Center located at 206 W. Commercial Street.