Wildfire Update: Pioneer, Henry's Creek Fires continue to grow

Posted at 10:47 AM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 19:23:28-04

Firefighters continue their battle against wildfires in and around the Gem State.

The Pioneer Fire near Lowman has grown to 102,746 acres and sits at 38 percent contained.  Fire managers say the fire has continued to slowly grow to the northeast but crews are making progress on the west and northwest sides of the fire.

Level Two evacuation orders remain in place for people living along the South Fork Rd. east of Grimes Pass Rd. and along the South Fork Payette River. Homes on Forest Road 582, also called Clear Creek Rd., and Long Creek summer homes are also under Level Two evacuation orders.  All properties in Lowman and Pioneervile are under Level One orders.

There is a community meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Placerville in the plaza.  Meetings are also scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Crouch Community Center and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lowman at Fire Station #80 on State Route 21.

In eastern Idaho the Henry’s Creek Fire is now at 52,233 acres southeast of Idaho Falls.  It is 30 percent contained with nearly 300 crew members on hand fighting the blaze.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies have contacted people living in the area to ask them to prepare in the event evacuations are necessary.