- Boise National Forest
- The Pioneer Wildfire has burned more than 188,000 acres.
To date, the Pioneer fire has burned more than 188,000 acres and fire officials don't expect full containment until mid-October. It has been the nation's largest wildfire on U.S. Forest Service Lands this year and, during its peak, more than 1,800 firefighters were on the fire lines.
According to forest managers, the intensity of the fire has been such that pine needles have been infused into the ground, thus making the soil water repellent and increasing the risk of flash flooding.
There is a good chance of rain in the short-term forecast. The National Weather Service Office in Boise is forecasting showers will move into the region beginning Wednesday night and stay through Friday morning. The public is being urged to use extreme caution near the burn zone, particularly during the rain.