Letters From the West

Join our live chat on Idaho fires on Tuesday

Idaho Statesman environmental reporter Rocky Barker and National Park Service fire expert Dick Bahr will host an online chat Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon Mountain Time.

Rocky is the author of “Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America.” He covered the fires in Yellowstone in 1988 and continues to cover wild fire issues in the West.

Bahr was in charge of aviation operations in Yellowstone in 1988 and today serves as Fire Science and Ecology Program Leader for the National Park Service at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

The chat coincides with the 25th anniversary of Black Saturday, a day when 165,000 acres burned in Yellowstone. It also is the 103rd anniversary of the Big Blowup when millions of acres burned in North Idaho and Montana in two days.

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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