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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

Idaho bills parent of juvenile $84,500 following July 7 wildfire

Idaho officials have sent an $84,500 bill to the parent of a juvenile after fire investigators determined the juvenile started a July 7 wildfire with mortar-style fireworks. The Idaho Department of Lands in a news release Thursday says the brush fire burned 420 acres of grazing land near the northern Idaho town of White Bird...

Boise air quality hits unhealthy levels due to wildfire smoke

Boise smells like a campfire this morning, as heavy, acrid smoke from wildfires descends on the city for another day; it’s been getting worse every day. According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise’s air hit unhealthy levels this morning at 8 a.m., with...

Wildfire forces evacuation, closure of Bruneau Dunes State Park

A wildfire burning in southwestern Idaho has grown to about 62.5 square miles overnight, forcing the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park Sunday night and part of Monday. Kelsey Brizendine, fire information officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said Monday that the blaze is expected to grow...

Crews, including ranchers, fight lightning-caused wildfires across southern Idaho

Fire officials say quick responses by ranchers and others in Idaho to more than 20 wildfires sparked by lightning have kept the small fires from becoming major blazes like those that scorched the region in recent decades. About 10 wildfires remained active in grass and brush in southern Idaho, with one of the largest just north...

Firefighting, restoration plan unveiled to protect vast swath of Western US sagebrush

Federal officials on Monday released an ambitious wildfire-fighting and restoration plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in much of the West that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird. The 139-page plan is a how-to guide that follows Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's five-page secretarial order in early 2015...

Structure protection in place as Idaho wildfire advances

Fire officials say two structure protection groups are in place in the central Idaho towns of Lowman and Garden Valley on Monday as burnouts and fire line construction continues in an attempt to contain a 115-square-mile wildfire.

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...