The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Tuesday afternoon for the Boise National Forest and parts of the Payette National Forest. Dry and windy conditions could make firefighting efforts in those areas difficult and could spark new flames there's lighting.
Air quality in the Treasure Valley hasn't been great the last couple of days. But that's not because of the wildfire burning near Boise. Michael Toole with Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality says the real culprit is ozone.
Update 8:20 a.m.: Fire managers said Tuesday morning the Pine Creek Fire has now burned 800 acres northeast of Boise. 200 people are working the fire, which officials say has a "high" growth potential. With lightning in the forecast, firefighters are bracing for more new fires in the region. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Rafters along the popular Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho are being told to be prepared to share reserved camping spaces with other rafters or even firefighters because of a nearby wildfire.
Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires. But a leading manufacturer of the popular target shooting accessory is quite unhappy.
Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least half a dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives give target shooters instant feedback that they've hit their mark from long range.
The person who wrote the headline for this Canadian news release obviously has a sense of humor. But the subject of the release - a new report from researchers at the University of Alberta - offers some serious predictions about global wildfires over the next 100 years.
Thunderstorms moving across southern Idaho in recent days are being blamed for touching off a series of wildfires now burning forest and rangeland.
Crews are battling fires in Owyhee County in the southwest corner, a blaze in the foothills north of Boise and another scorching grass and timber in the mountains above the Anderson Ranch Reservoir in Elmore County.
In the Magic Valley, crews are trying to contain the Jim Brown fire near Richmond. So far, officials say the fire has burned 8,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.
At a Utah meeting this week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter blasted President Barack Obama for seeking to limit coal-fired power plant emissions while not allowing sufficient timber cutting to tame big Western wildfires, another greenhouse gas source.
Otter told reporters Idaho wildfires send more carbon dioxide skyward than is released to produce coal-generated electricity used by the state's 1.5 million residents.
The governor's numbers may be technically correct.
UPDATE: Officials say the Turner fire had burned 300 acres as of Monday evening. Crews expect to have the fire contained late Tuesday. The fire is believed to have been started by human activity.
ORIGINAL POST: A 100 acre fire is burning south of Lucky Peak Dam. What’s being called the Turner fire because of its proximity to Turner Gulch, started about 5:00 Monday evening. It’s mostly burning land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, though some private property is involved.
After the tragic death of 19 Arizona firefighters yesterday, a Boise-based charity is doing what it can to console the community of Prescott. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF) will be there as the families of the elite hotshot crew grieve in the next few weeks.
Say goodbye to the rain. The Northwest and parts of Canada are about to see an abrupt shift from unseasonably cool weather to record-breaking temperatures, in some areas. Triple digit highs are expected to settle over the region for the next week.
It's going to be a tough wildfire season in the West. That's according to federal forecasters. But here in the Northwest, it's been hard to see that prediction through all the rain.
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.”
The invasive plant Cheatgrass can increase the frequency and severity of range and fires. A new study out of Oregon State University suggests that overgrazing could be helping an invasive grass to flourish.
A new study out of Oregon State University suggests that overgrazing could be helping an invasive grass to flourish. That differs from previous studies that have found grazing can better manage that plant — cheatgrass — which threatens rangeland habitat.
Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.
Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.