Environment

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Smoke from wildfires in Idaho and neighboring states made the air so bad this week, officials declared a statewide air quality advisory. At times, the smoke brought down visibility to less than a mile and lowered air quality to the purple level – very unhealthy.


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.

City of Boise

Apparently, there was a lot of pent-up demand for composting.

inciweb

Idaho's largest wildfire is burning entirely within a rugged central Idaho wilderness area and being allowed to play its natural role.

Officials on Wednesday say the 110-square-mile wildfire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is burning grass and brush in lower areas and ponderosa pine and Douglas fir at higher elevations.

Officials say they have plans in place to protect bridges, a ranch, a guard station and other high-value sites that could be threatened.

The backcountry Chamberlain Airstrip remains closed due to the lightning-caused fire.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The entire state of Idaho is under an air quality advisory - thanks to smoke from wildfires – for the first time since August of 2015.


Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP Images

For the first time in two years, active duty soldiers have been mobilized to fight wildfires in the West. Two hundred military personnel are heading to battle the Umpqua North Complex. The 47-square mile wildfire is burning in the southwest corner of Oregon.

 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Federal officials are awarding Idaho about $2 million in grants for 10 projects intended to protect water quality.

MPCA Photos / Flickr

Officials issued a health warning after dangerous levels of toxic blue-green algae were detected in Lake Lowell west of Boise. The blooms are turning the shores of the lake into a murky batch of pea soup.


Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

It is indeed dark during the day as a total eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and other experiencing the eclipse.

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Robert Davies / Flickr

With the total eclipse just a few days away and many people arriving or in the state already on their way to where they plan to watch the solar spectacle, cloud cover could make or break watching the show in the sky. We have a look at Eclipse Monday’s forecast.


Roger Phillips / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Many of the fish that return to Idaho from the Pacific Ocean are struggling. Idaho Fish and Game has called this year’s salmon fishing “disappointing.” And the Department just closed steelhead fishing statewide except for catch-and-release. So we asked why the fish aren’t coming home.

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

After being closed for the better part of summer, Boise officials are finally reopening Esther Simplot Pond. The move comes after E. coli levels in the pond went down and stayed consistently low.

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.

Shutter Runner / Flickr

With up to a million people predicted to come to Idaho to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, the sky is big business. While day turning to night is rare to see, the night sky is a spectacle unto itself.


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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