Cool, wet weather slows Pioneer Fire, creates new challenges

LOWMAN, Idaho - A cold front brought cooler temperatures and light rain to the nation's largest wildfire this weekend.

Although the weather helped slow the Pioneer Fire's progress, it also created new challenges for firefighters. Managers say the rain resulted in muddy conditions as well as falling rocks and debris on some roads. Crews have been forced to remove those obstacles so they can access the fire lines.

The fire, which has burned 294 square miles since it sparked on July 18, did not grow overnight Saturday. Containment remains at 62 percent. It's not expected to be fully contained until mid-October.

Managers say they found some pockets of hot spots above the Long Creek Summer Homes Saturday afternoon. That area is still under a Level 2 evacuation order.

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