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  • 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)

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) rbarker@idahostatesman.com
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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."