This time of year is typically the busiest for the Boise Airport. Commercial flights compete with air tankers being used to fight wildfires to get off the ground. And with the thick smoke around Boise, air traffic controllers have to take extra steps to keep flights safe.
Gordon Stewart manages Boise Airport’s Air Traffic Control. Lately, that room has been crazy.
“Overall, it’s kind of a balancing act and I think that, by and large, we make it work,” Stewart says.