Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag

By Ruth Brown and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports A massive wildfire season will cost the state tens of millions of dollars, and the state agency in charge of land management is telling policy makers to prepare for more fire-filled summers in coming years. On Wednesday, Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller spoke to theContinue reading “Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag”

Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a blazing hot summer, fires continue to burn across Idaho and on Tuesday, the director of the Department of Lands said the conditions show no signs of improvement. The Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners met Tuesday to hear an update on fires from IDL Director Dustin Miller.  AsContinue reading “Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021”

Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As wildfires across the state burn forests and property, budgeting for the suppression of the often human-caused blaze gets complicated.  Wildfire suppression takes into account which agency the burning property belongs to in Idaho. Those potential owners include the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, theContinue reading “Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets”

Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho authorities are stressing the need for people to recreate responsibly, as Idaho is already seeing more than double the number of fires than the previous record. “Idaho is experiencing severe drought and unprecedented fire conditions across most of the state,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “ExtremeContinue reading “Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions”

Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting due to lightning strikes. The Dixie-JumboContinue reading “Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season”