Chat replay: Idaho wildfires with Rocky Barker and National Park Service fire expert Bahr

August 20, 2013 

APTOPIX Idaho Wildfires

Firefighters start a back-burn along the Pine-Featherville Road while battling the more than 90,000-acre Elk Complex Fire near Pine on Monday. The lightning-sparked Elk Complex Fire has burned 141 square miles of sagebrush, grass and pine trees.

ASHLEY SMITH — (Twin Falls) Times-News

Idaho Statesman environment reporter Rocky Barker and National Park Service fire expert Dick Bahr took your questions on Tuesday morning.

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.

Read a replay below.


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