Wildfire

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Winemakers are hyper-focused when it comes to the environmental factors that influence the way their product is made. Soil, climate and location all affect wine grapes. Now, there’s evidence that wildfire smoke alters the way a wine tastes – regardless of the flavor of the grapes at harvest.

Hachette Book Group

On Wednesday, firefighter Brendan McDonough is the featured speaker at the annual gala for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Snow fell this week in Brundage, Stanley and at Bogus Basin. The wet weather in Idaho is good news for wildfires that continue to burn. Now we look at the costs of this year’s fire season.


Idaho Statesman

Idaho officials have sent an $84,500 bill to the parent of a juvenile after fire investigators determined the juvenile started a wildfire with mortar-style fireworks.

The Idaho Department of Lands in a news release Thursday says the July 7 brush fire burned 420 acres (170 hectares) of grazing land near the northern Idaho town of White Bird.

Officials determined the fire was caused by negligent behavior and Idaho law requires the person responsible be billed for firefighting costs.

Federal, state and local agencies responded to the wildfire.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

If you live here in Idaho, it’s hard to miss stories about Monday’s upcoming eclipse of the sun. For several months, we’ve been visiting the towns and cities along the path of totality. Here we check-in with officials in Stanley, who are concerned about the crowds expected this weekend.

Kim Smolt / U.S. Forest Service

Wildfires are raging across the American West, prompting national fire managers to put the country on the highest alert possible.

 


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At this time last year, a gigantic wildfire in the Boise National Forest held the record as the largest wildfire in the country.


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A southwestern Idaho man whose fringe run for Idaho governor resulted in a Republican primary debate that drew national attention has been rescued near a wildfire in northern Idaho, but his wife has been found dead.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office tells the Idaho Statesman that it's investigating following the rescue of 79-year-old Walt Bayes of Emmett on Tuesday.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

You may see some large patches of blue in the Boise Foothills, starting this week. It’s part of a program stop wildfires in the iconic trail system.

The blue dye is an herbicide that crews will apply to manage non-native grasses and problem weeds. Those are the plants that compete with native species and increase the risk of fire.

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