Boise County Emergency Notifications: 208 462-0552
Fire Management




As of midnight on Thursday, September 15, 2016, all evacuation orders for the Lowman area are rescinded, except the Summer Home area in Long Creek, which are at Level 2 Evacuation status until further notice.

Evacuations for the South Fork area, Banks Lowman Road and Pioneerville have been rescinded.

The Boise County Sheriff has created some information for residents to help prepare for the fire season.  Boise County Evacuation Policy     Evacuation Tips for residents

Both Highway 21 and the Banks-Lowman Road are open to public traffic.   The incident management team wishes to remind the public to use caution when driving through the fire area.  Areas of reduced visibility, some isolated burning, and increased falling rocks and debris are common along these highways.



Acres: 188,404   Containment: 65%    Personnel: 360
Cost: $94.4M    Resources assigned: 5 crews, 4 helicopters, 14 engines, 
4 water tenders 

Lowman, Idaho – As the 70th day dawns on the Pioneer Fire, a warming and drying trend is setting up. This will increase the potential for the Fire to begin creeping in areas where vegetation is exposed to wind and direct sunlight. Occasional tree torching may occur midweek as the timber and grasses dry. The Fire is not growing, which is allowing firefighters to slowly increase the Fire’s containment. 

Several places that have been dormant for some time are revealing wispy smokes.  This includes areas above Crooked River, Scott Creek and the higher elevations of Miller Mountain above South Fork.  Several of these locations are not easily accessible to firefighters. Last night, an infrared flight took place. This will help firefighters pinpoint heat today.  They will extinguish the hotspots if they are able to reach them safely.
A feller-buncher with a processor head working on the 316 Road should complete the road work today and will move to another repair project Monday. A chipper is ready to begin chipping the woody debris left by the feller-buncher. The repair work on the Road will be complete when the chipper is finished.
Firefighters will begin repairing contingency lines between the 555 Road and the northern part of the Fire today.  Excavators are beginning their second shift repairing dozer lines near Deer Flat north of the 579 Road, and west of Warm Springs Creek. This work should be complete by mid to late week.
Timber fallers are cutting hazard trees along the 582 Road and Rock Creek, making the roads safer for travel.  It will also make it safer for those who have permits to collect wood.
Handcrews are picking up hose, pumps and other equipment from fire lines and returning it to the Incident Command Post. Camp crews are inventorying and packaging it in preparation for returning them to a larger cache in Boise, Idaho.
There is heavy traffic on the 579 Road, including fire personnel, hunters, woodcutters, and general recreationists. Please drive slowly and remember to share the road. Watch for fallen rocks and woody debris on Hwy 21 and 17.
A Fire Area Closure remains in effect. A map and detailed information is located at:

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September 13, 2016 – The Boise National Forest area closure has been revised as a result of containment on the southern portion of the Pioneer Fire.

The Pioneer Fire Area Closure is described as all National Forest System (NFS) lands, including all roads and trails within the area defined in the boundary map and closure order.

In this revise area closure order everything north of the South Fork Payette River will remain the same as in the previous closure version #7. For everything south of the South Fork Payette River, the closure boundary follows the edge of the Pioneer Fire burn scar, except in two locations:

  • The closure boundary follows Jackson Creek to Jackson Peak Lookout Road;
  • The closure boundary travels due west from the confluence of the middle and east forks of Rockey Creek, across the 348 road and back to the edge of the burn.

All National Forest System (NFS) Roads 348, 384 and 380 traveling into the burned area on the south half of the fire are closed at the point they meet the edge of the burn.

The new closed area is effective immediately and visitors to the forest are reminded not to enter burned areas beyond the containment lines because of snags and other safety hazards. Crews continue to monitor and patrol the southern portion of the fire and are available for initial attack for any new wildfire starts.

A detailed description of the closure is attached. The area closure order and map can be viewed online at

Further information is also available by calling the Pioneer Fire information line at 844-633-3090 or by contacting the Boise National Forest Fire Information hotline at 208-373-4175.




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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

Current State and Federal Fire Restrictions 

Stage I Fire Restrictions will become effective at 12:01 on August 1st.

Fire Restrictions to be Implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains:
The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within:
* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington Counties
* Within Washington County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir
* Within Valley County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Cascade Reservoir
* Within Elmore and Boise Counties all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs

Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state and private forest and range lands, and federally managed lands, roads and trails:
* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within an agency designated recreation site* and only within an agency provided structure, or on a private citizen’s own land and only within an owner-provided fire structure.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
*A “designated recreation site” is a recreation site that:  1) is included on the individual National Forest’s list of areas where campfires are permitted; and 2) which contains a Forest-provided fire ring.  Campfires are not permitted at sites that do not have a Forest-provided ring.  The list of approved sites is available at Ranger District offices or at:  Boise National Forest.

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