Above Normal Temperatures over Pioneer Fire Increases Activity
Incident: Pioneer Fire Wildfire
LOWMAN, Idaho –Fire activity on the Pioneer Fire is increasing due to continued warming and drying. For the second day in a row, a helicopter delivered water to cool torching trees along the ridge above Scott’s Creek. In Joyce Creek, the fire is creeping downhill, moving about 70 feet per day. It is still well within the Fire’s perimeter.
In many areas on the western flank, the terrain is unsafe for firefighters to take direct action. In these places, the fire is consuming needles, pine cones and other debris on the forest floor that will recycle nutrients and provide forage for deer and elk in the spring. Fire scars are still holding the fire in check and air resources are assisting firefighters with locating trouble spots that may need attention.
A spot fire half the size of a football field was detected off of the 510 Road Tuesday. A handcrew constructed containment line around it to keep it in place. An engine crew will monitor it today.
There is one and a half miles of dozer line left to repair north of the 579 Road. Three excavators are working on it. Operators expect to complete this work Friday or Saturday.
Over the course of two weeks, firefighters have found more than 130 pumps, several miles of miscellaneous hoses, repaired several miles of containment lines, and removed flagging, signs and other markings of firefighter’s presence. As firefighters leave the area, they are also closing identified gates.
The persistent warming and drying trend is pushing temperatures in Lowman to nearly 90 degrees. This is 15 degrees above normal. This high pressure system will begin to break down Thursday, bringing a slight of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon. Beginning early next week, a hint of snow showers above 7,000 feet is possible. This will dampen much of the remaining hot spots as fall-like weather returns.
A transfer of command from Great Basin Team 5 back to the Boise National Forest will occur Friday, September 30th. Tomorrow will be the final update on the Pioneer Fire unless significant activity occurs.
For more information about remaining forest closures, visit the Boise National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices .
EVACUATION NOTICES: A Level 1 Evacuation Notice is in effect for The Summer Homes in Long Creek area.
Cost: $95.1M Resources assigned: 4 crews, 4 helicopters, 11 engines, 1 water tender