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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018

Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end 'fire borrowing'

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

This May 5, 2016, file photo provided by Global Supertanker Services shows a Boeing 747 making a demonstration water drop at Colorado Springs Airport in Colorado Springs, Colo.  (AP / File)

Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday sided with Global SuperTanker Services in its battle with the U.S. Forest...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 2017

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2017

Wildfire smoke fills the air over Boise on Wednesday morning, Sept. 6, 2017. Air quality readings hit 190, toward the top of the read or "unhealthy" range. (Betsy Z. Russell)

It's even worse today... 

This morning at 8, Boise’s air quality index hit 190 – that’s toward the top of the red, or unhealthy, range. As viewed from the foothills, downtown has disappeared. As the statewide air quality alert continues, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is advising...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (U.S. Dept. of Interior /  Tami Heilemann)

Jewell: Making landscapes more resilient to fire 

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the latest $10 million federal investment into the “Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program,” which she announced during a visit to Idaho today, will make critical landscapes across the country more resilient to the impacts of wildfire and climate change....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2015

TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015

MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2015

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2015

TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2015

FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2015

Late-season Idaho blaze now 60% contained

Nearly 600 firefighters have arrived at a late-season wildfire burning in mountains about 40 miles northeast of Boise and on Friday had it 60 percent contained. Fire officials say eight helicopters are also taking part fighting the human-caused blaze that started Saturday and destroyed three cabins....

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2015

TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2015

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