Firefighting crews stage off of Succor Creek Road west of Homedale over the Oregon border where the Cherry Road Fire along the Idaho-Oregon border grew overnight from 3,500 acres to over 30,000 acres Monday Aug. 22, 2016.
Even though firefighters put out 97 percent of all fires that start in this country, warmer, hotter summers are turning the 3 percent that escape into megafires driven by weather conditions and topography. That doesn’t stop some who look for scapegoats to blame when fires hit unprotected communities and Westerners.
Federal agencies managing land where slickspot peppergrass is found will have to consult with Fish and Wildlife about uses for those areas. Scientists say the plant is found in only eight southwest Idaho counties.