Letters From the West

Outdoor Idaho examines new normal in wild fires

The Idaho Statesman’s coverage of wild fires this year, including today’s story about how the Elk Complex even burned through logged and intensively managed forests, has shown that the West has been experiencing a new, high intensity of fires over the last 25 years.

Tonight and Sunday Idaho Public Television’s Outdoor Idaho will examine the issue including interviews with me. Here’s a preview:

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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