Pioneer Fire burning in Priest River fully contained

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho — The Pioneer Fire burning two miles northeast of Priest River that has burned 355 acres (0.55 square miles) is now fully contained, but some evacuations are still in place.

As of 6 p.m. on Wednesday night, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) said all roads associated with the fire are under Level 1 evacuations. This means residents should be prepared in the event they need to leave at the higher evacuation levels.

Pioneer Fire Map July 31

Idaho Department of Lands

The fire began at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, and around 250 personnel are responding to the fire. No structures have been lost or damaged.

IDL said fire behavior remains at minimal with smoldering. They added crews will continue mop up operations with cold trailing. Cold trailing is a method to ensure that 100 feet within the perimeter of the fire are cold to touch.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story.