While the massive Pioneer Wildfire continues to wreak havoc in the Boise National Forest—scorching more than 104,000 acres while only 53 percent contained—fire managers say an increasing number of this summer's fires have been human-caused.
According to the Idaho Department of Lands, "the main human causes of wildfires in IDL districts statewide so far this year include escaped campfires, field burns and debris burns, farming and logging equipment failures and car fires."
Meanwhile, officials still haven't determined the cause of the Pioneer Wildfire, which is now into its sixth week of destruction. More than 1,600 personnel are on the scene, using 80 engines, 34 water tenders, 13 helicopters and six bulldozers.
A Level 2 evacuation order remains in effect for residents along the South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road and along the South Fork Payette River. All properties in the Lowman and Pioneerville areas are under a Level 1 evacuation order. Level 1 evacuations ask that residents be ready to leave, while Level 2 evacuations strongly insist, but don't require, residents to evacuate.
Local meetings regarding the fire have been scheduled for the Crouch Community Center on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Lowman fire station on Saturday at 7 p.m.