Trees burned in the Pioneer Fire stand out against white snow near the Whoop-em-up Campground east of Idaho City in April 2017.
Trees burned in the Pioneer Fire stand out against white snow near the Whoop-em-up Campground east of Idaho City in April 2017. Kyle Green Idaho Statesman file
Trees burned in the Pioneer Fire stand out against white snow near the Whoop-em-up Campground east of Idaho City in April 2017. Kyle Green Idaho Statesman file
Letters from the West

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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."