National Interagency Fire Center

4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Fire Managers: Keep Drones Away From Wildfires

Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Those who oversee the government’s aerial firefighting operations are asking the public to keep drones away from wildfires. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say there have been three instances this year in which drones interfered with aerial firefighting.

One of the incidents occurred in early June over the Two Bulls Fire in Oregon. Another was on the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington in July. And officials say the third - in northern California - recently forced firefighters to shut down their aerial attack for a period of time.

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Wildfire Season
3:34 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Video: 2013 Wildfire Season Burns Fewer Acres, Leaves Deeper Scars

A stunning image of a burnout operation on the Little Queens fire in Idaho. The blaze forced evacuations in the historic town of Atlanta.
Credit Boise National Forest

People in the West are breathing some cleaner air these days, after a summer of dangerous and smoky wildfires.

As the wildfire season begins to wind down, Ken Frederick at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise looked into this question: how does this summer's fire season stack up against prior ones? Frederick decided to tackle the topic through a short and info-packed video.

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2:41 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

How Wildfires Get Their Names

The Lodgepole fire is burning near Lodgepole Creek in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

So far this year 1,058 wildfires have burned in Idaho, and we've reported on many of them. But with new fires starting every week – sometimes within a few hours –  it’s hard to keep straight which fires are which. Names like the Elk Complex and the Little Queens Fire can seem arbitrary. But are they?

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2:03 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Budget Cuts, High Fire Potential Could Mean Tough Wildfire Season In the West

The Springs Fire burned more than 6,000 acres near Garden Valley, Idaho last summer
Credit Kari Greer / Boise National Forest

The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior came to Boise today to talk about the upcoming fire season.  They said above normal fire potential and less money in the budget will make for a difficult fire season in the West.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack described the wildfire outlook this way:  “We’re going to be faced with a difficult fire season, make no mistake about that.”

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6:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Prediction: Wildfire Threat High In Parts Of The West This Year

Washington DNR

National experts predict parts of the West, including southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon, are at a higher than normal risk for wildfires this season.

A map of the Western U.S. shows three tendrils of red. One looks like a statue from Easter Island whose foot and tail cover Southern California.  Its thin body extends across Nevada while its misshapen head reaches into the southern border of Oregon and Idaho. 

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