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Letters from the West

Letters from the West

Energy and environmental news from across the West

We might not like it but we are all learning to live with wildfire

July 20, 2016 12:00 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."