IDBDR: Section 2 Closed Due to Fire - Bypass Available

Sep 9th, 2016

Update: (September 2, 2016)

From the Forest Service Email:

Garden Valley Area Fire Information:  844-633-3090

Boise National Forest Fire Information:  208-384-3266

Acres: 179,977 //  Containment:  52%  //  Personnel:  1,065

Resources assigned includes:  19 crews, 9 helicopters, 42 engines, 3 dozers, 22 water tenders and 3 masticators

BOISE, September 2, 2016 – The fire continues to burn northeast in the Deadwood River and Bear Valley drainages.  Firefighters continue to look for opportunities to slow the progression of the fire and utilize previous fire scars to the northeast.  On the southern portion of the fire near Crooked River, firefighters are achieving mop-up and suppression repair.  Firefighters are working along the 555, 582, and 563 roads, assessing hazard trees and performing suppression repairs, and protecting Bureau of Reclamation structures near the Deadwood Reservoir.

Today, cooler temperatures are expected over the fire and will continue through the weekend. The chance of wetting precipitation is predicted to increase overnight into Sunday.

The Idaho City phone line is no longer valid- please contact the Garden Valley Area Fire Information:  844-633-3090.

Closure orders have been expanded for multiple roads and trails on the Boise National Forest to maximize public and firefighter safety.  As the holiday weekend approaches, fire officials advise that the public NOT camp in any areas north of Forest Service (FS) Road 579 between FS Road 555 junction and Elk Creek Guard Station.  Please check the Pioneer Fire Area Closure and updates at

Smoke from the fire will continue to impact the communities of Garden Valley, Lowman, Stanley and the surrounding areas. Air quality is being monitored, and the daily outlook for the region is published online at:


All evacuation levels remain in place. A Level 2 evacuation designation is in effect for the summer homes located in the Clear Creek area.  A Level 1 designation remains in effect for all of the properties in Pioneerville, the Lowman area and for homes in the South Fork Road area, east of Grimes Creek and along the South Fork Payette River.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. Private and commercial aircraft as well as privately owned drones are prohibited from entering the restricted air space. Fire suppression aircraft may be grounded if unauthorized aircraft or drones are observed in the air space. The closure may be reviewed at:

Temporary Flight Restriction- Pioneer Fire:

DETAILS —Pioneer Fire updates and information at  Information is also available at or email questions to



FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at

Pioneer Fire 9.2.16




Update: (August 22, 2016)

Due to the Pioneer Fire growing to over 96,000 acres and road closures on the IDBDR and around Section 2 from Pine to Yellow Pine, we have put together this track to bypass the closure area.  

==>> Download GPX tracks for the Pioneer Fire bypass route

Unfortunately, the route will be not the type of roads we normally try to get into our routes, but we have limited roads to travel.  The good news, you will get to ride a fantastic paved road (Warm Lake Rd) from Cascade up to re-join the route south of Yellow Pine.  Rob Watt, Director of Route Development, just rode this last week and said it was one of the best paved sections he's ridden in some time.  

We want to thank the Boise National Forest for keeping the BDR informed on the fire status and where the closures are impacting our route.  Please keep checking our site for the most recent updates.

==>> Download GPX tracks for the Pioneer Fire bypass route

Facebook page of the Pioneer Fire.




Update: (August 11, 2016) 

Facebook page of the Pioneer Fire.

==>> Pioneer Fire Road Closures  Closures


Pioneer Fire IDBDR



Update: (August 6, 2016)

A public information officer with the Pioneer Fire wrote: "We’d like to apprise you that Lowman, ID, is again under a Level 2 Voluntary Evacuation Order by the Boise County Sheriff’s Office.  Recreational visitors should avoid this fire area.

Also, the Boise National Forest has issued version 4 of the forest closure order, one that significantly expands the size of the closure.  Please contact the Boise NF office directly for more details.




(August 1, 2016)  A wildland fire near Idaho City/Lowman, Idaho is impacting a large area of off road access, and specifically section 2 of the IDBDR.

Below is the forest closure map for the area. The forest service anticipates an expansion of the closure, depending on whether the fire breaks closer to or through the containment lines.

These are the hottest, driest times for this part of Idaho, so unless the miracle of substantial rain falls, the closure will stay in place.

==>> Download the GPS tracks to get around the Pioneer Fire Closures

Facebook page of the Pioneer Fire.

Current US Fires Information website.

Article from the Idaho Statesman about the Pioneer Fire.
Pioneer Fire IDBDR

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