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Letters from the West

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Energy and environmental news from across the West

Idaho watches as big fires create their own weather

September 04, 2016 11:32 PM

UPDATED September 06, 2016 02:18 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."