Cooler temps, rain limit growth of Pioneer Fire

BOISE – Favorable weather conditions had led fire managers to scale back resources on the Pioneer Fire.

Up to a half-inch of rain fell on the area Wednesday. And a small amount of snow mixed with rain fell on the north end of the fire in the Bruce Meadows area.

The Pioneer Fire grew by just 39 acres, bringing the total acreage burned to 186,400 acres. The fire is now 56% contained.

There are 754 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources include: 16 crews, 4 helicopters, 20 engines, 2 dozers and 19 water tenders.

Fire officials say the cooler weather will continue to minimize burning conditions and assist firefighters by limiting the fire’s growth.

Rainy weather did hamper the use of heavy equipment and kept air resources grounded.

More equipment and personnel demobilizations are planned.

The Garden Valley Incident Command Post will be closing Saturday and new post closer to fire operations will be established in Lowman.

Because of the reduced risk of wildfire due to cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, Stage 1 fire restrictions within the West Central Idaho Mountains will be lifted at midnight Thursday.

For more information about forest closures, go to the Boise National Forest website.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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