Environment

Fires

Pioneer Fire bill rises as fire-cost reform stalls in Congress

The Pioneer Fire is on a path to exceed $100 million in firefighting costs in a year when overall firefighting costs are down. Some observers think the Forest Service needs to change the incentives to make cost reductions possible, but public sentiment backs spending more for firefighting than other agency programs.

Fires

Table Rock area’s ‘black scar’ will take years to heal

A human-caused fire in July burned 2,500 acres in the popular Table Rock area. In addition to burning one family’s house, the fire also damaged the landscape, burning native plants that are key cover and food sources for wildlife. The area now begins its recovery. Affected landowners have begun to meet to find the best way forward through the long process.

Fires

Pioneer Fire Pyrocumulus Clouds

Huge columns of smoke called Pyrocumulus clouds, rose above Lowman Monday August. 29, 2016 as the 111,000 acre Pioneer Fire burns into the backcountry.(Rocky Barker)

Videos

A botanist visits Table Rock after its June 2016 fire

Botanist Ann DeBolt walks in late August the trails burned in the human-caused fire near Table Rock on June 30. She is among those hopeful that native plants will be able to re-establish themselves in the area. She has seen hopeful signs.
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A botanist visits Table Rock after its June 2016 fire 3:11

A botanist visits Table Rock after its June 2016 fire

Simpson's White Clouds Wilderness Odyssey 1:24

Simpson's White Clouds Wilderness Odyssey

Pioneer Fire Pyrocumulus Clouds 0:42

Pioneer Fire Pyrocumulus Clouds

Satellite imagery shows smoke from Western fires 0:38

Satellite imagery shows smoke from Western fires