PHOTOS: The Front Lines of the Pioneer Fire.

Burning 8 miles north of Idaho City
Posted at 9:20 AM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 12:03:46-04

The Pioneer Fire, burning eight miles north of Idaho City, started Monday, July 18. As of this morning at 9 a.m., the fire is at 12,869 acres and just 27% contained. Early on Thursday, fire officials said the fire was 35% contained. 

Dave Olson, public information officer for the Boise National Forest, says the numbers aren't wrong - containment just varies day-to-day. 

"Basically (percentage) is down because we had a 4,000 acre gain," Olsen said. "The percentage varies by fire perimeter."

Olsen said today's tentative plan is to initiate a burnout on the southern portion of the fire near Highway 21. That plan may change due weather. 

Firefighters have had difficulty using aerial drops due to drones being flown over the area by private citizens.

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