With nearly 1,800 personnel on the front lines of the Pioneer Wildfire in the Boise National Forest, officials said Tuesday morning that the region's largest blaze has burned 76,980 acres, but is now 50 percent contained.
Fire managers said the evening of Aug. 15 that winds pushed the north edge of the Pioneer Fire eastward toward Clear Creek, and fire crews were now preparing to use Forest Road 582 as a fuel break.
Meanwhile, engines remained in place near homes in the Lowman area to provide structure protection, if necessary. Residents are already under a Stage 1 Alert, meaning they should be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice if the flames threaten their homes. Monday evening, electricity to parts of Lowman was interrupted for about six hours due to fire activity near power lines directly above firefighters.
Fire officials said they expected that activity would remain high Aug. 16 as the weather remains hot and extremely dry. At the same time, smoke continued to blanket much of the Treasure Valley and mountain communities Tuesday.
Boise Police are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious vehicles or activity in the area during the night of Oct. 25 or the early morning of Oct. 26 to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS, or use the P3 Tips app.