Pioneer Wildfire Expands, So Does Closure Area 

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Wildfire managers decided Saturday to expand the closure area near the Pioneer Fire, burning seven miles north of Idaho City in Boise County. Officials said the fire had "long-term potential" to increase in size after already burning more than 3,500 acres. 

The new closure runs along the South Fork of the Payette River from Lowman in the east to Grimes Pass Road in the west; borders Highway 21 from Lowman to Idaho City; and parallels Centerville and Grimes Pass roads.

Despite the expanded closure area, the river is open to rafters and the roadways are open to drivers.

click to enlarge The area closure for the Pioneer Fire was expanded July 23. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
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  • The area closure for the Pioneer Fire was expanded July 23.
Precautionary evacuations of 25 people from recreational facilities near the fire was carried out Saturday by the Boise County Sheriff’s Office and Forest Service personnel.

Aviation has been a critical part of the firefighting activities and the public is reminded that unmanned aerial devices such as “drones” are not allowed within the designated fire area. Any incursion will cause aircraft to be grounded, affecting firefighting effectiveness.

More than 400 firefighters are battling the Pioneer blaze, burning in remote, steep territory. Officials said the blaze was 29 percent contained.  
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