Pioneer Fire growth slows as weather cools

BOISE - Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and rain are helping the fight against the Pioneer Fire in Boise County, officials said.

The weather helped to limit the fire's growth to 765 acres on Saturday, mostly in the Bearskin Creek area.

The fire has burned 181,065 acres and is 55-percent contained as of Sunday.

Firefighters are focusing on the western flank in the Scott Creek area.

The head of the fire has reached the Bruce Meadows area, and is expected to slow down as it reaches old burn scars.

1,008 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Resources assigned include 19 crews, 10 helicopters, 38 engines, four dozers, 10 water tenders and three masticators.

Remote weather stations report 0.01 to 0.12 inches of precipitation within the fire perimeter Friday and Saturday; the Deadwood region experienced the most rainfall and Lowman the least.

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Smoke from the fire will continue to impact the communities of Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley and the surrounding areas.

Details about area closures on the Boise National Forest can be found here.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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