Pioneer Wildfire Less Contained, Grows to 100,000 Acres 

- The Pioneer Fire has scorched more than 100,000 acres. -  - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • The Pioneer Fire has scorched more than 100,000 acres.

More firefighting personnel were sent in to battle the sprawling Pioneer Wildfire, which has now burned more than 100,000 acres of the Boise National Forest. Because of the fire's growth, containment has slipped from 50 percent to 47 percent.

Fire managers said Tuesday that the blaze had spread north along Deadwood Ridge, cutting through another mile of timber into the Pine Creek drainage. The fire also jumped across a road Monday evening, burning about a mile north of summer cottages.

Crews worked through the night to contain that portion of the blaze in an effort to protect the properties. 

Officials said this week's cooler, dry temperatures may keep fire activity at its present level.

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.

Meanwhile, the Cherry Road Fire, burning near the Idaho/Oregon border, is 60 percent contained after burning more than 31,000 acres. The Bureau of Land Management reported about 100 firefighters are on the scene, assisted by the Jordan Valley Rangeland Fire Protection Association. Firefighters said they were able to complete a 20-mile fireline with burnouts to control the southern edge of the fire along Succor Creek Road.
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