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Pioneer Fire:

Pioneer Fire grows to 2,000 acres as more resources are called in

BOISE, Idaho, July 22, 2016 -- The Pioneer Fire burned actively throughout last night. The fire is approximately 2,000 acres and is growing mostly in a northerly direction. The south flank is holding and the fire continues to be about eight miles north of Idaho City. There is no current threat to that community or other communities in the area.

A large smoke column was visible Thursday due to very high temperatures, very low humidity and increased winds. Southwest wind gusts up to 20 mph are forecasted for today, which is anticipated to increase fire activity to the north again. 

A Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire this morning. Over 300 firefighting personnel are involved with the fire, and some fire resources are being shifted from the Mile Marker 14 fire, including a Type 1 Heavy Lift Helicopter, which can carry nearly 1,000 gallons of water per load. 

A public meeting will be held in Idaho City tonight at 8 p.m. at the Ray Robinson Community Center located at 206 W. Commercial Street. An area closure is In effect. For more information about the Pioneer Fire go to or visit us on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service - Boise National Forest

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.


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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