Thursday in Idaho Outdoors: Fires, slides transform South Fork of the Boise into a different river

rphillips@idahostatesman.comSeptember 18, 2013 

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You can see the effects of wildfire at the Danskin boat launch, but the area still looks similar to the way it was before the fires. See a video of the South Fork at IdahoStatesman.com/outdoors.

ROGER PHILLIPS — rphillips@idahostatesman.com

This will be a landmark year for the river. Many people may now describe the area in terms of pre- and post-2013.

A wildfire burned through much of the canyon in mid-August, blackening the slopes, scorching the river’s cottonwood stands and exposing thousands of acres of bare soil.

Then, on Sept. 12, a thunderstorm dumped about a half inch of rain on the upper slopes north of the river and caused five mudslides in the prime fishing and recreation area between Anderson Ranch Dam and the Danskin boat launch about 10 miles downstream.

The combination of wildfire and slides have changed the river and the canyon — and this could just be the start of it.

After talking to numerous experts about the fires and slides, there’s no consensus on what the future holds because the changes are still happening. But all signs point to a long-term recovery.

Read the rest of the story Thursday in Idaho Outdoors. Other stories you'll read include:

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• Pete Zimowsky: When yellow jackets attack, run for the Subaru.

• Wildlife Watch by Mark Krepps: Idaho’s introduced quail are plentiful, but its native quail are rare.

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