Letters From the West

See Idaho Capitol evacuated for drill (update) (VIDEO)

Smoke from wild fires Thursday set off smoke alarms in the Idaho State Capitol in Boise, forcing state officials and visitors to evacuate the building during the noon hour.
UPDATE MONDAY AUG. 19. AN IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION SPOKESWOMAN SAID THE EVACUATION WAS A SCHEDULED FIRE DRILL.

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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