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From air quality concerns to evacuations, wildfires impact pretty much everyone. We've rounded up some resources to make sure you're prepared as we head into Idaho's wildfire season.

PODCAST: Where There's Smoke...

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
Women's porta potties are fairly new additions to large fire camps. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, only 15 percent of wildland firefighters are women.

KBSX reporter Frankie Barnhill visited base camp at the Pioneer Fire on Aug. 27 to profile Type 1 Incident Commander Beth Lund. Adam Cotterell asks her about the experience, including what's up with the women's only porta potties, what to eat at fire camp, and how to earn "trail cred" in wildland firefighting.

Since this podcast was recorded Sept. 1, the wildfire has grown to 281 square miles, and has forced the closure of Deadwood Reservoir over Labor Day weekend, a popular recreation site north of Lowman. It's the largest wildfire in the nation contained at 52 percent, and is likely to burn until the snow falls in October.

To hear the radio profile of Beth Lund, click here.

For more local news, follow the KBSX newsroom on Twitter @KBSX915

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.

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