Wildfires

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Resources are wearing thin as wildfires burn in 11 western states. Firefighters are getting an international assist from Australia and New Zealand. Teams from the two countries spent the weekend in Idaho training before being deployed to the West Coast to battle flames in California, Oregon and Washington.

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Wildland firefighters continue to make progress on the Sharps Fire burning near Sun Valley, even as it makes its way further into the Sawtooth National Forest.

Rich Pedroncelli

An air tanker that’s meant to put out wildfires actually started several blazes Monday in North Idaho. All of the fires were quickly put out by firefighters.

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Firefighters continue making gains on the Sharps Fire burning in the Wood River Valley. However, the hundreds of people on the fire lines aren’t getting any breaks from the weather. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the region.

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The sky across much of Idaho is noticeably diminished as smoke from a range of wildfires hovers in the atmosphere. As firefighters continue to battle large fires in the western and central regions of the state, meetings to keep area residents up to speed are planned.


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Fires across the West are creating a lot of smoke. That means poor air quality in many parts of our region. 

Boise National Forest Fire Prevention Technician Jessica Kearney-Reeves

7/31 UPDATE: Several large fires continue to burn across Idaho. Firefighters are hoping to get a handle on them ahead of change in the weather expected to set in Wednesday. The forecast indicates temperatures will cool slightly, meaning more bearable conditions for firefighters as they battle blazes. However, the cooling will bring a chance of thunderstorms and winds which could help spread flames and spark new fires.

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

The West is heating up and the forests are drying out ... we're headed into peak wildfire season in Idaho. We check in with Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill on where the fires are, and what the forecast might tell us about what's to come in the next few weeks. 

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Boise National Forest

The Lodgepole Fire was a prescribed burn set in late April. The goal was to torch dry grasses and brush in an area north of Crouch, to prevent a wildfire from running loose in the forest. But over the weekend, forest managers declared it a wildfire after it failed to burn out by itself.

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The Martin Fire has scorched almost 700 square miles north of Winnemucca. Much of that land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

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On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Table Rock Fire, officials with a host of firefighting agencies held a press conference outlining the dangers of the 2018 wildfire season.

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