The Pioneer Wildfire
, now in its fifth week, has grown to more than 73,000 acres, requiring nearly 1,800 personnel to work the blaze.
Approximately 100 residents of the fire-affected area attended a Sunday evening community meeting in Lowman to hear that a Level 1 evacuation order had been placed for homes east of Grimes Pass Road on the south side of the South Fork Payette River. That means residents need to be prepared to evacuate in case flames get any closer.
Firefighters said the western flank of the fire continued to see increased activity south of Highway 17. As winds shifted Sunday evening, the fire spread to the northeast in Trapper Flat to Ten Mile Creek.
Another community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the Idaho City Senior Center.
Meanwhile, the Rough Fire, burning 14 miles northeast of Lowman has consumed more than 2,300 acres and was 15 percent contained as of Monday morning. About 200 firefighters, one helicopter and three engines were working that blaze.