Boise County Emergency Notifications: 208 462-0552
Fire Management




The Evacuation Order for the South Fork Road homes has been rescinded. Residents of Pioneerville area remain under a Boise County Level 2 Voluntary Evacuation.

Evacuation Order rescinded: As of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23rd, the Evacuation Order for the South Fork Road is rescinded and residents may return to their homes. Traffic on the South Fork Road will be restricted to residents and firefighters only.

Level 2 Evacuation Order for Pioneerville Area:   Sheriff Roeber has ordered the voluntary evacuation area to include all homes in the Pioneerville area. This evacuation area includes approximately 10 homes. Residents are asked to check in with Boise County Sheriff's Dispatch at 392-4411.

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

The Garden Valley Rural Fire Department has a contact line for local residents at
208-462-3175 and Boise County has an evacuation hotline number at 208-462-0552.

A USFS area closure has been established around the three fires extending to points near Placerville, Centerville and Pioneerville.  The Hot Springs Campground is now open. The Closure Order is located at


Thursday, July 24rd at 11:00:

Containment has been reached for 14 of the 27 new fires reported yesterday within the Boise National Forest and Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Protection District. A strong initial attack that involved fire resource coordination from the Whiskey Complex, multiple agency incident support, and strategic placement of resources is leading to quick containment of the fires. Two larger fires remain a concern. 

Mack Fire (300 acres) –This IDL managed fire within the Boise National Forest is about 14 miles northeast of Boise in the Wildhorse Creek drainage.  Approximately 15 homes are about ½ mile from the fire, but the Boise County Sheriff office has not issued any evacuations.  Air tankers made frequent retardant drops yesterday between the fire and the homes to reduce their risk. Helicopters, five crews, 3 engines and 2 dozers will work on the fire today.  Breezy forecasted conditions are of concern with the potential of rapid spread.

Fan Fire (10 acres) - It is about 5 miles east of Idaho City on Highway 21. The highway is open and the fire is about ½ mile east of it. The fire is now contained.

Whiskey Complex (2 fires, 9446 acres, 75% contained, 851 personnel, 26 crews, 22 engines, 3 helicopters, Estimated Full Containment July 28th) – The assistance of fire crews, engines and helicopters was a welcome help for the multiple new fires. The Complex responded to one new start in their area which should be contained later today. On the east flank of the Wash Fire, firefighters completed a 700 acre burnout which ties off the final section of the fire lines.  Mop up is now the focus, with the objective of cooling hot spots 300 feet from the fire perimeter. That is the same objective for the Grimes Fire. 

Information - Public Information Officers will be hosted by Garden Valley Community Radio, KXGV-LP 98.5 FM for daily interviews (except Sunday) at 2:30 pm to provide fire updates for the Whiskey Complex. Other fire updates are available through streaming on and on that site click Emergency and Fire Updates.

General Information: The Banks to Lowman Road, Highway 17, is open but smoky and travelers need to use caution.  The Garden Valley and Crouch community is not threatened by any of these fires and access north to the Middle Fork Payette River is clear with no fires.  The Garden Valley Rural Fire Department has a contact line for local residents at 208-462-3175. Local evacuated residents have been asked to sign in at the Fire Station to improve accountability.  Also, Boise County has a hotline number for evacuation information at 208-462-0552. 

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

CURRENTLY IN EFFECT: Boise County's ban on open burning is contained in Ordinance 2011-03 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 

There are no specific State or Federal restriction in place at this time.

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