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Pioneer Fire still burning, but growth slowed by cooler temps and a little rain

The Pioneer Fire burns into an old burn scar, helping slow its growth, on Saturday, Sept. 3. (Inciweb)
The Pioneer Fire burns into an old burn scar, helping slow its growth, on Saturday, Sept. 3. (Inciweb)

The giant Pioneer Fire is still burning, but cooler weather and some precipitation over the weekend have slowed its growth, and the number of firefighters battling the blaze is now down to 972, with the fire 56 percent contained and measuring 181,145 acres.

As the fire moves to the north, the Idaho City fire camp will close today, and a new camp will be set up near Bruce Meadows. “The Pioneer Fire team is grateful to the people of Idaho City for their support and hospitality through the past several weeks,” fire managers said in their morning update today on Inciweb.

“Continued burning in the fire’s interior will continue to create smoke that impacts Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley and the surrounding areas,” they warned. But Boise today is relatively smoke-free. Multiple closures remain in effect in the Boise National Forest due to the fire, which has burned 283 square miles. Recreationists, hunters and residents are advised to check closures before heading into the forest; updates are being posted online here, with hunting-specific fire information here. Flight restrictions also are in effect, both for commercial and private aircraft and for drones.

The expected containment date for the fire remains at Oct. 15; it’s been burning since July 18.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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