There’s a red flag warning on the giant Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City today, with strong winds and high temperatures, after the fire blew up yesterday, exhibiting “extreme fire behavior” and growing by nearly 30,000 acres. The fire is producing a huge column of smoke visible from many miles away, but fire managers say it’s burning “far from any critical infrastructure or structures, with the closest edge approximately nine miles north of Kirkham Hot Springs and moving northeast,” according to Inciweb reports.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the area, affecting private and commercial aircraft as well as drones. The fire is now at 140,780 acres, and is 58 percent contained; the estimated containment date is now Oct. 15. Multiple closures are in effect in the Boise National Forest; there are 1,198 firefighters working on the fire.