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Eye On Boise wildfire archive

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, 2017

FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

The statue of the Angel Moroni is seen under smoky skies in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The heavy smoke that had set in over Idaho Falls from fires across the state has somewhat abated, thanks to the past week’s rainfall and cooler temperatures. (John Roark / AP)

Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills. Also, Ahlquist goes on tour; and Idaho group raises concerns about Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill; my full Sunday column

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2016

MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016

FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016

Burnout operations south of Lowman on Highway 21 (Inciweb)

Double burnout starts to stop fire from reaching Idaho town

Firefighters have started two simultaneous burnouts trying to stop an 81-square-mile wildfire that on Friday moved to within a few miles of a small town in mountainous central Idaho. The burnouts started late Thursday on the east and west sides of Rock Creek are intended to consume fuel in the drainage that funnels into Lowman where firefighters...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016

A firefighter uses a drip torch in a burnout operation on the Pioneer Fire (Inciweb)

Double burnout planned to protect Lowman from wildfire

Firefighters have set up sprinkler systems on homes in a central Idaho town and also plan to start two simultaneous burnouts Thursday to stop a 78-square-mile wildfire from coming down a creek drainage that funnels into the community. Winds switched to coming out of the northwest, prompting fire managers to make the call for the double-burnout...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016

TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016

MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016

Drone sighting again grounds firefighters, as Pioneer Fire grows 

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain and pushed by winds expanded to 42 square miles Sunday as firefighters had to abandon fire lines and drones once again interfered with aircraft operations. About 1,200 firefighters are battling the blaze burning about 8 miles north of Idaho City that's expanding to the east and north...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016

Plane drops retardant on Pioneer Fire on Thursday (Inciweb)

Pioneer Fire crosses state Highway 21

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain on Thursday crossed a state highway fire officials had hoped to use as a firebreak. Officials say the 20-square-mile blaze burning west to east crossed state Highway 21 about 5 miles south of Lowman. About 23 miles of the highway are closed from north of Idaho City to south of Lowman...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016


Wildfires, smoke affect Boise's air quality 

Smoke is affecting air quality in Boise, as multiple wildfires burn. The Mile Marker 14 fire near Lucky Peak was declared 100 percent controlled on Monday, but a new fire, the Mile Marker 52 fire near Avimor on Highway 55, ignited on Tuesday, and as...

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