Boise National Forest (ID) Sept 7, 2016


Incident Summary

The Pioneer Fire ignited on July 18, 2016, around 1700  hours from an unknown cause that is still being actively investigated.  It is located on the Boise National Forest, approximately East of Deadwood Reservoir and South of Forest Service Rd 579 in Garden Valley, Idaho.

Fire closure area map. (Courtesy: Boise NF)


There are currently 988 personnel which include fire crews, air resources, overhead team and support units, including 21 crews, 9 helicopters, 30 engines, 4 dozers, 3 masticators and 17 water tenders.

Fire Status

The fire has devoured 181,297 acres but fire crews have successfully gained a 56% containment status.

A map of the hard work of containment lines completed by fire crews. (Courtesy: Boise NF)

Fire crews are focused on the NW side of the fire, East of the Reservoir.  A Firefighter Spike Camp previously located in Idaho City was terminated and moved to Bruce Meadows airstrip on September 6th.

Airspace Restricted

A TFR is in effect which restricts all private and commercial aircraft, including drones over the West side of Warm Springs Creek Trail, also known as Trail #147.

For more specific restrictions, visit http://tfr.faa,gov/save_pages/detail_6_6910.html


Those who may be hiking, hunting or in the area near this fire, here is a map to help guide you where you should be and not in the Fire area.

To seek out additional details on closures in this area, go to

Photo Gallery 

Photo Credit: Mike McMillan

Fire active on North. Taken on August 30th. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest

Fire observed from Garden Valley ICP. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest

Extreme fire behavior exhibited August 29th located 9 miles north of Kirkham Hotsprings/HWY 21. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest

Firefighters mopping up a fire line. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest)

Hotshot crews conducted a back burn operation to keep the fire from moving south in the Long Creek drainage. Photo taken August 28th. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest

Connecting a hose lay. Photo Credit: Boise National Forest

Fire burning into an old burn scar on Sept 3rd. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Pioneer Fire Column

Fire Column. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Active fire on August 30, 2016 PioneerFire

Active fire on August 30th. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Smoke Cloud August 29, 2016 Pioneer Fire

Smoke Cloud on August 29th. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Containment efforts of the Pioneer Fire continue east of Deadwood Reservoir and south of Forest Service Road 579. Two CL415 scooper airplanes along with nine helicopters have been making water drops Tuesday and today to reduce fire activity and support ground crews working in that area. Photo Credit: Pioneer Fire/USFS

Incident Cooperators

  • Boise County Government
  • Boise County Sheriff’s Office
  • Boise National Forest – Emmett District, Idaho City District, Lowman District
  • Centennial Job Corps
  • Garden Valley Fire Protection District
  • ID Dept of Lands
  • ID Dept of Transportation
  • ID State Parks & Rec

Sources:  Inciweb, Boise National Forest, Pioneer Fire Facebook page and Social Media

Disclaimer:  #FireImages in this post have been given full Credit/Courtesy to the best of our abilities.  We do not lie claims to these but have been gleaned from governmental sites.

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