- The Pioneer Fire burns north of Highway 17 on Aug. 15.
Boise National Forest officials said early Wednesday that the Pioneer Fire, now the nation's largest wildfire—had grown to 80,370 acres and is 50 percent contained. More than 1,800 personnel from 46 crews, using 79 engines, 10 bulldozers, 35 water tenders and 14 helicopters, are battling the blaze.
Fire managers said the Pioneer Fire spread downslope into the Clear Creek Drainage on Tuesday, within one mile of the town of Lowman. Meanwhile, Boise County issued a Level 2 evacuation notice for the area, meaning residents should leave but are not required to.
The Level 2 evacuation includes:
- Banks Lowman Road, from milepost 31 to Lowman
- Residents on the west side of Highway 21
- Residents near Junction Banks on Lowman Road
- Boise National Forest
- More than 1,800 personnel are fighting the Pioneer Fire, which has been burning in the Boise National Forest for more than a month.