VALLEY COUNTY - The massive Pioneer Fire has prompted the closure of Deadwood Reservoir, a popular recreational destination in Valley County.
An information officer for the Pioneer Fire says the reservoir will be closed at least through the coming Labor Day weekend, and will likely remain closed for as long as the fire continues to burn.
The fire has grown to almost 165-thousand acres - nearly 258 square miles - and is 52 percent contained. Hot temperatures and low humidity this week helped the fire spread dramatically to the north - toward the reservoir.
The Boise National Forest expanded the area closure to include Deadwood Reservoir in order to minimize the chances of people being trapped by the fire.
Law enforcement officers visited campers and hunters in the area Wednesday, telling them to evacuate by Thursday.
Old fire scars near the Red Mountain area have slowed the fire's growth, officials said. Firefighters are looking for opportunities to build new containment lines in the Deadwood and Bear Valley areas.
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