Letters From the West

Lands Chief Forester Groeschl tells how Idaho beefs up safety(Video)

With huge fast-growing fires burning on Boise’s doorstep hundreds of firefighters are heading into the woods and range in what is becoming a record season for wildfire fighting deaths. Idaho has taken several key steps to improve the safety of its state and private firefighters.Read the whole story here. Watch Department of Lands Chief Forester David Groeschl explain in this video:

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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