Boise County Emergency Notifications: 208 462-0552

Pioneer Fire:

Crews Work Along Highway 21 to Prepare Containment Line



Increasing activity allowed the fire to gain 877 acres near the head of Edna Creek and extended the perimeter to the east.  This has precipitated the expansion of the closure area for the Boise National Forest and the implementation of contingency planning for fire suppression.


These contingency actions include preparing part of the Highway 21 corridor as a potential control line.  Crews are removing trees and brush in an effort to reduce the potential for fire spread while still maintaining the scenic drive nature of the road.  Heavy equipment, chippers, and crews will be working along the roadway.


Fire fighters continue to make good progress on the rest of the fire especially on the south, west southeast, and southwest flanks of the fire. The Elk Creek watershed is still secured, protecting the Idaho City water supply.


A warming trend is expected to continue into the near future and will result in more active burning conditions.  As the fire spreads, it is anticipated that the smoke will continue to be seen throughout a large area including Boise, Cascade, Lowman and beyond.


The 4,602 acre fire is 32 percent contained and now has 853 personnel engaged in the suppression action.  


These actions include the use of 10 helicopters which are critical in supporting the fire with bucket drops and needed supplies.  They also include using 27 crews, 10 of which are Type1 hotshot crews due to the rugged terrain where the fire is located.  21 fire engines, 4 dozers, and 9 water tenders are also assigned.


A community meeting was held in Idaho City and was well attended.  Another meeting is scheduled this evening July 26, 2016, 7-8 PM at the Lowman Emergency Services Building which is located 7.6 miles east of Lowman on Highway 21.


Forest closures are in effect and are subject to change periodically. Current information can be viewed online at and at


The flight of unmanned vehicles such as “Drones” is strictly forbidden within the fire area including the area designated as a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR).

Milepost 14 Fire

Incident Overview

Ruby Mountain Hotshots crew buggies.

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Boise, ID –Despite triple digit heat, gusty winds and single digit humidity, firefighters made excellent progress on fire line construction over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, hotshot crews continued line construction from Lucky Peak summit, towards the high bridge at Lucky Peak Reservoir. Engines continued to mop up and patrol the southern portion of the fire while bulldozers began rehabilitating the dozer line put in during initial attack. The fire has reached 80% containment and crews will transition into mop up and fire line patrol over the next 24 hours.

Despite the hard work from the firefighters, internal smoke may still be visible from Highway 21 during the daylight hours as small islands of grass, sage and timber on the northern portion of the fire continue to smolder. Crews will continue to mop up and monitor these areas of heat. 

Highway 21 continues to be open in both directions. The public is encouraged to slow down and use caution as they travel through the burned area as fire crews will continue to work along the roadway from mile marker 13 north to the high bridge on Highway 21. In addition, the public is reminded to drive safely as they may encounter a variety of firefighting equipment traveling the Highway 21 corridor as they transition to other incidents.

Basic Information

Current as of 7/22/2016, 11:30:43 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Tuesday July 19th, 2016 approx. 01:30 PM
Location 5 miles east of Boise, Idaho
Incident Commander Nathan Budd

Current Situation

Total Personnel 235
Size 4,306 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 80%
Fuels Involved

Short grass, brush and timber with grass understory.


Planned Actions

Hotshot firefighters will continue to construct and improve direct hand-line on the northern perimeter of the fire from Lucky Peak Summit, north towards the High Bridge at Lucky Peak Reservoir in hopes of keeping the fire from backing in the Deer Creek Drainage. Engines and hand crews will continue to mop-up and begin patrolling the dozer line on the eastern and southern perimeters.


Smoke visible from Highway 21.

 Closure Revision

7-23-2016 Pioneer Fire Closure Order has been revised - Version #2

Incident: Pioneer Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:58 hrs. ago










Pioneer Fire – Version #2

For Public Safety




Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50 (a) and (b), the following act is prohibited on all lands as described in this order, within the Idaho City, Emmett, and Lowman Ranger Districts, Boise National Forest. This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until further notice.

  1. Going into or being upon the area as described in this order. 36 CFR 261.52(e)




    Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

  1. Persons with a special use authorization or other Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order;

  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty;

  3. Federal or State administrative personnel in the performance of an official duty;

  4. National Forest System Road #379 (Elk Creek Road) will remain open from County Road #307 (Centerville Road) to NFS Road #379G (Spanish Fork) to allow for private land owner access; and

  5. Bad Bear and Ten Mile Campgrounds and the summer homes on Summer Home Road adjacent to Ten Mile Campground will remain open;




    The Pioneer Fire Closure Area is described as all National Forest System (NFS) lands (including all roads and trails within the area) within the following boundary - beginning in Idaho City at the Junction of County Road #307 (Centerville Road) and Forest Road #307 (Main Street in Idaho City) located in Township 6 North, Range 5 East, Section 26; continuing northwesterly along, but not including County Road #307 to County Road #382 (Grimes Pass Road) located in Township 6 North, Range 5 East, Section 6; continuing northerly along, but not including, County Road #382 to the point where County Road #382 makes a left turn at the bottom of Sweet Creek (along the South Fork of the Payette River) located in Township 8 North, Range 5 East, Section 10; continuing due north to the south edge of the South Fork of the Payette River located in Township 8 North, Range 5 East, Section 10; continuing easterly along, but not including,the South Fork of the Payette River to the river’s intersection with Idaho State Highway 21 (in Lowman, ID) located in Township 9 North, Range 7 East, Section 27; continuing southerly along, but not including,Idaho State Highway 21 approximately 31 miles to NFS Road 314C located in Township 6 North, Range 6 East, Section 30; continuing northerly along, but not including, NFS Road #314C to NFS Road #314B located in Township 6 North, Range 6 East, Section 19; continuing northerly along, but not including, NFS Road #314 (Bear Run Road) located in Township 6 North, Range 5 East, Section 13; continuing southwesterly along, but not including NFS Road #314 to Forest Road #307 (Main Street in Idaho City) located in Township 6 North, Range 5 East, Section 26; continuing north along Main Street approximately ¼ block back to the point of origin.


    The above described Area (including all roads and trails within the Area) is located on National Forest System lands within the administrative and proclaimed boundaries of the Idaho City, Emmett, and Lowman Ranger Districts, Boise National Forest, Boise County, Idaho, Boise Meridian.



The area as described above has ongoing wildfire activity (Pioneer Fire). This area is closed for public safety and protection from hazards associated with wildfire.




1. This Order will be in effect when signed and shall remain in effect until further notice.

2. A map identifying the closure area is attached and made part of this Order.

  1. Violation of the above prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual, or $10,000.00 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. 16 U.S.C. §551; 18 U.S.C. §§ 3571(b)(6), 3581 (b)(7).

  2. This Order supersedes any previous Order(s) prohibiting the same, or similar acts prohibited by this Order in the areas (and/or roads, trails) covered by this Order.

  3. Further information regarding this Order may be obtained at the Idaho City Ranger District located in Idaho City, ID, telephone number (208) 392-6681, the Garden Valley Ranger Station located in Garden Valley, ID, telephone number (208) 462-3241, the Lowman Ranger District located in Lowman, ID, telephone number (208) 259-3361, and at the Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Boise, ID, telephone number (208)-373-4100.

Done at Boise, Idaho this 23rd day of July, 2016.




/s/ Cecilia R. Seesholtz



Forest Supervisor

Boise National Forest 

Casner Fire
Fire crews are responding to a new wildfire discovered today on the Lowman Ranger District. The Casner Fire is four miles west of Warm Springs on the north side of State Highway 21 and has grown to about 2 acres in size. 
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  HORSESOE BEND SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION WILL BE OPERATING UNDER NEW HOURS STARTING JULY 12, 2016.   Tuesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Free to the public.  Visit the Noxious Weed page for information. 

Burn permits required beginning May 10th. Starting May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. The permits can be obtained online at in person at IDL offices statewide.

2016 Polling Place Change Garden Valley

Boise Street bridge in Horseshoe Bend is closed indefinately for evaluation.


Boise National Forest Now Accepting Idaho Parks and Recreation Grant Proposal Public Comments for Snowmobile Area 8B Garden Valley Trail Signage project click here




EBCA ADVISORY BOARD MEETING - Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is July 14th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the EBCAD building, 204 Commercial Street, Idaho City.

LEPC MEETING - Public meetings of the Local Emergency Planning Committee are held monthly to coordinate emergency response planning and activities throughout Boise County.  The next meeting will be in August, date and location to be determined.





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