The Best Sources For Idaho Wildfire Info

Jul 19, 2013

Wildland firefighters get a morning briefing at the Pine Creek Fire in the Boise National Forest.
Credit Boise National Forest

Idaho's wildfire season is ramping up, and that means there will be a lot of rapidly changing information about fire activity into the fall.

We've compiled a list of agencies, organizations and journalists who regularly tweet about fires in the region.

In some cases, these Twitter accounts will give you the most updated information on a particular blaze. And depending on where you live in the Gem State, some of these Tweeps could be more or less useful to you, so pick and choose from the list below. Or, if you are a fan of Twitter lists, subscribe here.

Times-News Wildfire@IdahoWildfire Immediate updates on Times-News wildfire coverage in southern Idaho. Follow for more detailed @twinfallstn updates on , safety tips, fast alerts.

Boise National ForestBoise National Forest fire information.

Bureau of Land Management, IdahoBLM Idaho protects and manages wildfire on approximately 11 million acres.

Ada County Sheriff's Office @AdaCoSheriff Idaho's largest local law enforcement agency in Idaho - making safer places to live, work and play.

Al Nash Focusing on weather, fire & aviation. This personal account does not reflect any official statements in connection with my roles with the NPS or CAP.

Challis Yankee Fork Ranger District Welcome to the Challis-Yankee Fork RD on the Salmon-Challis NF! This is an official USFS site.

Intermountain Region of the Forest ServiceThe Intermountain Region of the Forest Service covers Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho and western Wyoming.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Northwest Region The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Fire Management Division includes HI, WA, OR,ID, and the Pacific islands.

Tom Tidwell 17th Chief of the U.S. Forest Service

Lolo National Forest The Lolo National Forest is located in west central Montana and encompasses two million acres.

Kootenai National Forest The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests The official Twitter account for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Coeur d'Alene, Kaniksu and St. Joe). Disclaimers.

Clearwater National ForestClearwater National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in northern Idaho. Idaho offices in Orofino, Kooskia, Pierce, and Potlatch, and a Montana office in Lolo.

Bureau of Land Management Oregon The BLM manages some of the most beautiful lands in the West -- forests and rangelands across more than 15 million acres in OR and 400,000+ acres in WA.

Bureau of Land Management, NIFC The National Interagency Fire Center is the nation's support center for wildland fire. BLM is one of 8 agencies that comprise NIFC.

Boise National Forest The Boise NF is north and east of Boise,Idaho totaling 2,612,000 acres. This is an official USFS site. FS Disclaimers.

Yellowstone National Park ServiceThe official site for Yellowstone National Park tweets.

National Forest Service The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.Following/RTs don't=endorsement.

We will be using the hashtag #wildfire, so please join the conversation! And if you know of any sources not on this list, please tweet us their handle @KBSX915.

And here are some useful websites to consider bookmarking during wildfire season:

  • The National Interagency Fire Center coordinates fire management teams around the country, and is based in Boise. This year, NIFC predicted a higher level of fire danger in Idaho forests, while the grassland should get a bit of a break.
  • The Bureau of Land Management's site will update Idahoans about fire restrictions on public land.
  • InciWeb updates fire information around the country, giving handy info about road closures during the summer travel season. You'll also find maps, photos, and growth potential for a particular fire.