Boise hotshots fighting the Pioneer Fire northeast of Idaho City in 2016. Agencies must wait for guidance before hiring firefighters this year.
Boise hotshots fighting the Pioneer Fire northeast of Idaho City in 2016. Agencies must wait for guidance before hiring firefighters this year. U.S. Forest Service photo
Boise hotshots fighting the Pioneer Fire northeast of Idaho City in 2016. Agencies must wait for guidance before hiring firefighters this year. U.S. Forest Service photo
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Trump hiring freeze sparks concerns about hiring seasonal firefighters this year

January 30, 2017 04:41 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."