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Fire Management




As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 all properties in the Lowman area are under a Level 1 Evacuation Order except:  Fire Operations along Forest Road 582 (Bear Valley Road) require Level 2 Evacuation status for the Summer Home area in Long Creek until further notice.

Garden Valley:

The Pioneer Fire established in Black Bear Creek has been successfully above the S Fork of the Payette River. Evacuation levels for those homes on the South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road, and the Banks Lowman Road, east of Danskin Station, are reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation Order as of noon, Thursday, August 25, 2016.


The Pioneer Fire is established in Charlotte Gulch and Miller Gulch. As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016, Pioneerville is in a Level 1 Evacuation Order.

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.


With the increasing potential for new fire starts, please report wildfires by calling 9‐1‐1 or Boise Interagency Dispatch Center, 208‐384‐3400.

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).  


The Pioneer Fire is at 101,922 acres and 40% contained. 1,908 personnel are assigned to the fire.  Resources assigned include 46 crews, 13 helicopters, 86 engines, 9 dozers, 35 water tenders and 7 masticators.


The Pioneer Fire is now managed by the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. The resources are working in the Black Bear Creek drainage are making great strides burning fuel along prepared dozer lines and securing the road system in advance of the fire. Burnout operations along roads in the Miller and Hall Gulch areas above Pioneerville were successful by removing fuel between the active fire and the road edge. Additional firing opportunities are being evaluated along the remaining unsecured lines. The fire in Clear Creek drainage spotted across the road and is moving uphill on Deadwood Ridge and away from the summer homes. Aircraft are supporting firefighter operations on that spot fire.


Fire crews are repairing fire lines and recovering fire equipment used during suppression. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team continues to assess and develop a plan for rehabilitation. Assessment of historical and archaeological sites is being conducted.      


Weather forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity over the next few days with a warming trend returning this weekend. Winds have been favorable to firefighting efforts.


Community Meetings have been scheduled Thursday in Placerville, in the plaza, and Saturday in Lowman, at Fire Station #80 on State Route 21. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.


DETAILS — The Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found at and information at  Information is also available at or email questions to




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FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at



Pioneer Fire Closure Expands 7-25-2016

The Idaho City area closure expands as a result of the Pioneer Fire

BOISE, Idaho, July 25, 2016 The Boise National Forest area closure issued last week has again been expanded as a result of the Pioneer Fire located seven miles north of Idaho City.  

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.  

The closure northern boundary parallels the South Fork Payette River from Lowman to the Grimes Pass Road, but the river is open to rafting use. The new area closure also extends east to Graham along NFS road 312 and turns southwest on NFS road 348A along North Fork Boise River to Granit Creek Road (NFS road 327) to Idaho State Highway 21. In addition, the new closure borders the Centerville and Grimes Pass roads, but those roads are also open.  

The new closed area is effective immediately due to the concern for public safety and the hazards associated with the wildfire, which continues to move northeast and east.  

Idaho State Highway 21 will be closed to all traffic beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, between Mile Marker 72.5 north of Lowman near the South Fork Lodge to Mile Marker 48 one mile west of Ten Mile Campground, east of Idaho City.  

/s/ Cecilia R. Seesholtz

Forest Supervisor

The area closure order can be viewed online at

Further information is also available at the Boise National Forest Fire Information hotline at 208-384-3266.




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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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