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Pioneer Fire Keeps Growing


- Pioneer Wildfire -  - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
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Despite massive efforts, heat, wind and rugged terrain continue to aid the spread of the Pioneer Fire, now burning at 86,030 acres—up from 81,450 acres Aug. 18.

The fire is being fought by a total of 1,810 people, including 45 fire crews, 14 helicopters, 74 engines, eight bulldozers, 34 water tenders and seven masticators, the latter which are machines used to grind up and shred fuel. Still, dense foliage and mountainous terrain have hampered equipment.

Containment of the Pioneer Fire is at 50 percent and fire managers have made heavy use of aerial fire suppression.

The Boise County Sheriff issued a Level 2 evacuation order Aug. 18 for people living along south Fork Road east of Grimes Pass Road, as well as the Banks Lowman Road east of Danskin Station. Highway 17 is closed near the fire, but open between Banks and the Danskin Boat Launch.

The Rough Fire, meanwhile, is burning at 3,390 acres. Located approximately 14 miles northeast of Lowman, that fire is 20 percent contained and is being worked by four crews, a helicopter, three engines and 128 personnel. Crews expect it to be fully contained by mid September.