Wildfire

Rachel Cohen/Boise State Public Radio

The Camp Fire erupted in Paradise, California one year ago and displaced about 50,000 people. Many stayed in Butte County, but others moved away, in search of affordable places to live. Sunni Hutchison was evacuated last year and is now living in Twin Falls.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Boise’s Gowen Field is home base to NASA and NOAA’s newest collaborative research project on wildfire smoke and air quality.

 

AP Images

A recent analysis by the news outlet Arizona Republic shows a number of communities across our region are at risk for deadly wildfires.

 

The Sheep Fire has burned more than 110,000 acres
Idaho National Laboratory

Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.

Idaho National Laboratory

Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.

 

Update 07/24/19 1:50 p.m.: As of Wednesday morning, the Sheep Fire has burned 110,000 acres. Non-essential employees were told not to come into work Wednesday until further notice. The INL says this is the biggest fire in the lower-48 states so far this year.

 

 

drought, field, agriculture
Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Much of Idaho has been untouched by drought so far this year, but dry conditions are beginning to creep in.

Flickr Creative Commons, US Department of Agriculture

When wildfires rage, it’s pretty routine to share fire suppression crews across state lines. It turns out that sharing firefighters across national borders is not uncommon either.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, John Fowler

Fire season may have started with a bang this weekend, as lightning struck across parts of south and central Idaho.

 

Inciweb

Idaho’s wet and cool start to summer has calmed some usual fears about our dangerous, dry lands. However, it may be too soon to tell how severe this year's fires may be.

 

Idaho Fish and Game video screen grab

Idaho Fish and Game biologists are catching and tagging female sage grouse to see how they are doing after the 2018 Grassy Ridge Fire that occured 15 miles northwest of St. Anthony.

Brian Pearson / Idaho Fish and Game

Equipped with kneepads and trowels, three dozen volunteers helped replant native seedlings near Lucky Peak in March. Turns out Idaho Fish and Game relies on hundreds of volunteers for their habitat restoration program.

Payette National Forest

Hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to find out if forest officials will be burning the landscape near their getaways.

Kari Greer / Boise National Forest

Legislation to mandate the use of cutting edge technology in fighting wildfires passed the House Wednesday and is now headed to the president’s desk.

 

Douglas Forest Protective Association

You know the old saying, where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Scientists at University of Idaho found where there’s smoke, there are microbes.

Type 2 Incident Management Team

A sharp turn in the weather has made it feel more like fall, despite the calendar saying late August. The milder weather is helping firefighters across Idaho as they continue to battle flames in the backcountry.

ALEXI HUBBELL PHOTOGRAPHY / Wyoming Public Media

Everybody loves a late-summer outdoor wedding, and what is a better setting than the natural splendor of the Gem State? The smoky haze from the region's wildfires are filling up the skies, though, and couples are worrying about the health of their wedding guests. Might there be a grey haze in all the wedding photos?

Inciweb

Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

Thomas VanSelus / Flickr

We want to hear YOUR questions about wildfire. Scroll to the bottom to submit your question to the Wanna Know Idaho podcast.

The Sharps Fire, burning near Bellevue in the Wood River Valley, spread into the Sawtooth National Forest.

The Legalities Of Fireworks In Idaho

Jun 14, 2018

There's some confusion regarding the legality of aerial fireworks in the Gem State and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we parse out what you can buy and where you can set it off.

2018 Wildfire Season Predictions

Jun 13, 2018
VIA TWITTER / BLM IDAHO

Ed Delgado, a meteorologist with predictive services at the National Interagency Fire Center, and Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill discuss the outlook for the 2018 wildfire season.

On The Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 12, 2018

  • A deep look into the opioid crisis in Idaho.
  • Predicting the upcoming wildfire season.
  • Gene Nora Jessen talks about training to be a Mercury astronaut.

David Day / Bureau of Land Management

Wild horses that were removed from their range three years ago after the Soda Fire are headed back home. 

Douglas Forest Protective Association

A handful of rangeland wildfires have cropped up in southwest Idaho despite recent rain showers across the region.

Four different fires near Grand View, Kuna, Marsing and Murphy have been contained this week – the largest of which burned more than 200 acres.

Using Drones To Map Idaho's Past

Jun 4, 2018
NNU

For four years, a group from Northwest Nazarene University has been using drones to map out burn areas to aid firefighters and research the behavior and environmental impact of wildfires.

'Faces Behind The Fires' Looks At Life On The Fireline

May 24, 2018
AMANDA PEACHER / MOUNTAIN WEST NEWS BUREAU

Idaho Matters presents two pieces from "Faces Behind the Fires," the Mountain West News Bureau's series about the people who work to put out wildfires - from the fireline to the support staff to the scientists.

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