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As costs mount, state’s fire season still isn’t over…

Although the Walker Fire east of Boise is now 100 percent contained, Idaho still hasn’t had a “season-ending event” – a sustained and wet enough storm to put an end to the fire season – state Forester David Groeschl told the state Land Board this...

Wildfire northeast of Boise is 96 percent contained

A late-season wildfire 40 miles northeast of Boise is 96 percent contained and Idaho's wildfire season appears to be coming to a close. Fire officials on Monday say more than an inch of rain has fallen on the 9-square-mile Walker Fire in the last several days and more wet weather...

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....

Report: Armed ranchers confronted firefighters on Tepee Springs fire

The Forest Service is investigating a report by a firefighter that he and others fighting the Tepee Springs Fire near Riggins were harassed and threatened with guns by landowners, reports Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman. The unidentified firefighter said the landowners were unhappy with...

Land Board agrees to speed approval of salvage sales of burned timber

So much Idaho endowment timber land has burned this wildfire season that state officials have altered the salvage sale process to allow clearcuts of 100 acres or more to be approved faster, the AP reports. Idaho’s state Land Board voted 5-0 this morning, with no...

Tough Idaho fire season destroys state, federal land

North Idaho forests are burning this year, and despite controversy over management of federal lands, the fires are paying no attention to whether it’s private, state or federal land they gobble up. In fact, two of the state’s most destructive fires, the Cape Horn fire that burned six homes near Bayview and the Clearwater Complex that destroyed 42 homes in Kamiah, have burned largely on private, tribal or state land – in the Cape Horn case, land owned by a private timber company, Stimson Lumber.