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Pioneer Fire:

Incident Overview

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The Pioneer Fire is eight miles north of Idaho City and west of Elk Creek and was reported at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, July 18.

 

Over 380 hundred firefighters continue to battle the fire, which has grown to 3,348 acres (7-23) and Rosenthal's Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed manage of the fire Friday, July 22. 

The fire is 26 percent contained. (7-23).

Update: 7-23-2016 - The closure order in effect for the Fire area has been revised.

View the Pioneer Fire Closure Order - version #2 and map online at: 
http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

 

Smoke can be seen from Boise, Idaho City, Centerville and Pioneerville and as far north as Cascade and McCall. 

The Fire is burning in a northern direction and at this time, there are no structures in imminent danger. 

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

Basic Information

Current as of 7/23/2016, 4:37:13 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016 approx. 05:00 PM

Current Situation

Total Personnel 380
Size 3,348 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 26%
Fuels Involved

Fire burning in timber in steep and rocky terrain.

 

Significant Events

7-23-2016 Closure order has been revised.(Version #2)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Working from the anchor point and building containment lines.

Remarks

Rosenthal's Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire on Friday, July 22.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry and hot; low relative humidity

  Closure Revision

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

Incident: Pioneer Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

 

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

IDAHO CITY RANGER DISTRICT

EMMETT RANGER DISTRICT

LOWMAN RANGER DISTRICT

AREA CLOSURE

Pioneer Fire – Version #2

For Public Safety

PROHIBITIONS:

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)

    EXEMPTIONS:

    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;

    AREA DESCRIPTION:

    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.

    PURPOSE:

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.

IMPLEMENTATION:

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

______________________________

CECILIA R. SEESHOLTZ

Forest Supervisor

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.

Outlook

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.

Remarks

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

 

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

FOREST SERVICE

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

IDAHO CITY RANGER DISTRICT

EMMETT RANGER DISTRICT

LOWMAN RANGER DISTRICT

 

AREA CLOSURE

Pioneer Fire – Version #2

For Public Safety

PROHIBITIONS:

 

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)

     

    EXEMPTIONS:

     

    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;

     

    AREA DESCRIPTION:

     

    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.

     

    PURPOSE:

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.

IMPLEMENTATION:

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

______________________________

CECILIA R. SEESHOLTZ

Forest Supervisor

 

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.

Outlook

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.

Remarks

Smoke visible from Highway 21.

 

AIR QUALITY:

For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health please visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WildfireSmoke/tabid/2172/Default.aspx.

 Or visit the Idaho Smoke Blog: 

 http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

Boise County Open Burning Ban (July 1 through October 20)

Boise County's ban on outdoor burning is contained in Ordinance 2014-03 and prohibits any open fires on private lands between July 1st and October 20th. This ban does not prohibit campfires in appropriate structures at private residences.The ban continues in effect between these dates regardless of the presence of state and federal restrictions.

Idaho's Open Burning Permits (May 10 through October 20)

The Idaho Department of Lands regulates any burning outside city limits statewide (excluding campfires) from May 10 to October 20. Permits from IDL can be obtained at http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/.

Current State and Federal Fire Restrictions 

No restrictions are in effect.

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