Firefighters work to keep the Soda Fire on the south side of Idaho 78 east of Marsing in 2015.
Firefighters work to keep the Soda Fire on the south side of Idaho 78 east of Marsing in 2015. Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Firefighters work to keep the Soda Fire on the south side of Idaho 78 east of Marsing in 2015. Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
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February 03, 2017 4:05 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."