Environment http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Washington Fire Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-fire-leaves-thousands-without-ac-gas-atms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072114CF_FirePower_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/">Carlton Complex fire</a>, the most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest, has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. It has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Courtney Flatt 49227 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington Fire Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters, Whiskey Complex Now 50 Percent Contained http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/cooler-temperatures-help-firefighters-whiskey-complex-now-50-percent-contained <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. July 22, 2014.</em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex wildfires burning on the Boise National Forest are now 50 percent contained. Forest officials say the fires have burned a combined 9,640 acres since lightning sparked the blazes on July 13.</p><p>Cooler temperatures and cloud cover helped firefighters Monday. No new fires sparked within the Boise National Forest after Monday's thunderstorms. Still, more afternoon thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49205 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters, Whiskey Complex Now 50 Percent Contained Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blaine-countys-preacher-fire-nears-containment <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 18, 2014</em></p><p>The Preacher Fire, burning in Blaine County, is now 60 percent contained and fire managers expect full containment Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The lightning-caused fire sparked July 14 and has since grown to nearly 34,000 acres.</p><p>The fire is burning in grass and brush. A red flag warning expected Friday means winds could pick up and humidity can drop, making a fire more likely to flare up.</p><p><em>This story was updated at 6:10 p.m. July 16, 2014</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48827 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dry-conditions-hot-weather-make-fighting-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-challenge <p>Fire officials working to contain and control the <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3955/" target="_blank">Whiskey Complex wildfires</a> burning near Garden Valley, Idaho say conditions on the ground are more like late August, not mid July. "This demonstrates how the very dry vegetation challenges the suppression efforts," spokesperson Dave Olson writes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge Update: Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire Closes Sections Of Boise County http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-closes-sections-boise-county <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 9:41 a.m. July 17, 2014</em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex wildfire burning in Boise County has grown to 4,500 acres and could expand today because of forecast westerly winds.</p><p>The Boise National Forest reports hot temperatures and dry fuels have been a challenge for firefighters working to contain the Complex. It's estimated at 3 percent contained.</p><p>Voluntary evacuations are still in place for residents in Pioneerville and those along the South Fork Payette River road.</p><p>Here's an update from the Boise National Forest:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48792 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Update: Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire Closes Sections Of Boise County Is It Hot Enough In Idaho? Keep Cool And Save Money With These 9 Tips http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/it-hot-enough-idaho-keep-cool-and-save-money-these-9-tips <p></p><p>The last few days have been scorchers, and the National Weather Service says the heat will continue at least into next week. Everyone is looking for ways to stay cool.</p><p>One spot that should always provide respite is your home. Idaho Power has these tips on&nbsp;how to keep your house cool, while saving a little money on air conditioning.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 48869 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Is It Hot Enough In Idaho? Keep Cool And Save Money With These 9 Tips BLM To Remove Fewer Wild Horses In Idaho, The West http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blm-remove-fewer-wild-horses-idaho-west <p></p><p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will remove fewer wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.</p><p>Under its roundup schedule announced this week, the bureau plans to gather 2,400 of the animals through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. All but 215 of them will be horses.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:40:28 +0000 Associated Press 48780 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org BLM To Remove Fewer Wild Horses In Idaho, The West Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hot-weather-complicates-fire-fighting-efforts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114CL_vradenburg_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle&#160;<a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/">The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington</a>. &#160;<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48683 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act Sparks Conversation, Idaho Lecture Series http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/50th-anniversary-wilderness-act-sparks-conversation-idaho-lecture-series <p></p><p>Fifty years ago, the <a href="http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/WhatIsWilderness" target="_blank">Wilderness Act</a> was signed into law, setting aside large areas of land in their natural state.&nbsp;Today, almost 110 million acres have been designated as wilderness by the U.S. Congress.</p><p>Idaho is celebrating the milestone&nbsp;with a lecture series in the shadow of the <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sawtooth/recarea/?recid=5969" target="_blank">Sawtooth Wilderness Area</a>, sandwiched between Atlanta and Stanley.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 48585 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act Sparks Conversation, Idaho Lecture Series Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914CL_wildfirecharges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.<p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48540 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Sheriff: Teen Sparked Central Idaho Wildfire With Fireworks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sheriff-teen-sparked-central-idaho-wildfire-fireworks <p></p><p>Blaine County Sheriff officials say a central Idaho wildfire that caused 20 homes to be evacuated was started by an 18-year-old man lighting fireworks on private property.</p><p>The sheriff's office says no charges have been filed but an investigation is ongoing. The office has not yet released the man's name.</p><p>Officials say the teenager confessed to causing the 728-acre Colorado Gulch Fire —which started last Sunday— after investigators found fireworks where the blaze first sparked.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:51:01 +0000 Associated Press 48506 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sheriff: Teen Sparked Central Idaho Wildfire With Fireworks Boise Logs 45 Triple-Digit Days In 5 Years, More Heat Is On The Way http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-logs-45-triple-digit-days-5-years-more-heat-way <p>The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting a week of triple-digit, or near-triple-digit temperatures for the Treasure Valley.</p><p>Over the last 30 years, Boise has logged, on average, nine days of 100 degrees or warmer each year. The last two years have exceeded the average with 14 days at or above 100 in 2013, and 12 days in 2012. Data from the National Climate Data Center show Boise has had 45 days of temperatures at or above 100 degrees from 2009-2013.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:23:54 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48380 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Logs 45 Triple-Digit Days In 5 Years, More Heat Is On The Way Feds Doubt Climate Change's Impact On Wolverines http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-doubt-climate-changes-impact-wolverines <p>A top federal wildlife official says there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss.</p><p>U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh said there's no doubt that the wolverine's high-mountain habitat is getting warmer.</p><p>But she said any assumptions about how that will change snowfall patterns are based on "speculation."</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:44:30 +0000 Associated Press 48365 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tough Task Pulling Boeing 737 Fuselages From Montana River http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/tough-task-pulling-boeing-737-fuselages-montana-river <p>A Montana Rail Link spokeswoman says it took about 12 hours to remove the first of three commercial airplane bodies that fell into the Clark Fork River after a train derailed.</p><p>Spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Monday that specialized machines are pulling the 20-ton fuselages attached to 50-ton flatbed cars from the embankment one at a time at a rate of 20 feet per hour.</p><p>Frost says the most difficult fuselage to retrieve was removed safely Sunday. Crews are working on the second fuselage Monday and plan to remove the third by Tuesday.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:15:47 +0000 Associated Press 48359 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tough Task Pulling Boeing 737 Fuselages From Montana River Evacuation Orders Lifted For Hailey Homeowners http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/evacuation-orders-lifted-hailey-homeowners <p><em>This story was updated at 4:26 p.m.</em></p><p>The Blaine County Sheriff's Office has lifted all mandatory evacuation orders for residents near Hailey impacted by the Colorado Gulch Fire.</p><p>The <a href="http://blainesheriff.com/" target="_blank">sheriff's website</a> says some roads and bridges are still closed, but residents can return.</p><p><em>This story was updated at 4:15 p.m.</em></p><p>Authorities have expanded mandatory evacuation orders as a growing wildfire nears the community of Hailey.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:06:03 +0000 Scott Graf & Associated Press 48358 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Evacuation Orders Lifted For Hailey Homeowners Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-proposed-clean-water-act-revisions-0 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214CL_ditchtherule_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters">wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48153 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions Federal Judge Blocks Logging Project In Grizzly Bear Area http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-logging-project-grizzly-bear-area <p>A federal judge has blocked a logging project in the Kootenai National Forest over concerns that roads built for the project may harm a threatened population of grizzly bears.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:52:05 +0000 Associated Press 48070 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Judge Blocks Logging Project In Grizzly Bear Area Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Incidental Trapping Of Idaho Lynx http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/environmental-groups-file-federal-lawsuit-over-incidental-trapping-idaho-lynx <p></p><p>Five environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Idaho over incidental trapping of federally protected Canada lynx.</p><p>The groups filed suit Monday in Idaho federal court. They contend the state is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing recreational trapping that inadvertently ensnares lynx.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:38:44 +0000 Associated Press 47990 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Incidental Trapping Of Idaho Lynx Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/updated-shade-rule-aims-protect-idaho-fish-habitat <p>Idaho has long restricted cutting down trees along stream banks as a way to keep water cool for trout and a salmon. On July 1, an updated version of the <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1111108630404-108/2014_fpa-shade-rule-fact-sheet-rev062014.pdf" target="_blank">so-called shade rule</a> goes into effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47978 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/surges-rain-snow-keep-western-wildfires-bay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of acres burned by wildfires across the U.S. so far this year is less than half the 10 year average.</span></p><p>Figures from the <a href="http://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm">National Interagency Fire Center</a> in Boise show 865,030 acres have burned this year throughout the country. That’s just 44 percent of the 10-year average. The 25,096 fires are 70 percent of the average.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:03:04 +0000 Scott Graf 47850 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay