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Pioneer Wildfire Continues to Grow, Cherry Creek Fire Dramatically Expands 

click to enlarge More than 1,800 personnel are fighting the Pioneer Fire, which has been burning in the Boise National Forest for more than a month. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
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  • More than 1,800 personnel are fighting the Pioneer Fire, which has been burning in the Boise National Forest for more than a month.


The Pioneer Wildfire is entering its sixth week, having now scorched more than 88,000 acres of the Boise National Forest. Fire managers said the blaze remains 50 percent contained and requires more than 1,800 personnel using 85 engines, 35 water tenders, 12 helicopters and four water scoopers.

The Boise County Sheriff's Office over the weekend lifted the closure of Highway 17 that had been in place between Lowman and the Danskin boat launch. Motorists are still being cautioned that emergency vehicles are regularly using the highway.

Fire managers are keeping a close eye on a dry cold front and strong winds that may further fan the flames.

Meanwhile the Bureau of Land Mangement said Monday morning that the Cherry Road Fire, burning about 16 miles west of Homedale, grew from 3,500 acres to 30,000 acres overnight, threatening Succor Creek State Park. BLM officials said they were planning to bring in significantly more resources to assist the 100 firefighters who had been working the fire since it started Sunday afternoon.
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