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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worries about watershed damage from the 80,000-acre Pioneer Fire burning into the backcountry around Lowman.(Rocky Barker) rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter worries about watershed damage from the 80,000-acre Pioneer Fire burning into the backcountry around Lowman.(Rocky Barker) rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Letters from the West

Letters from the West

Energy and environmental news from across the West

Strategy for controlling Idaho’s Pioneer Fire at crossroads

August 17, 2016 03:56 PM

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Boise River flood damage could cost millions along Greenbelt

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Will you be able to float the Boise River this summer? 1:31

Will you be able to float the Boise River this summer?

Boise flood forecast 4/19/2017 1:15

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Boise flood danger remains high 1:40

Boise flood danger remains high

Idaho Capitol climate hearing 1:32

Idaho Capitol climate hearing

Rocky Barker: The best thing about Idaho, really 1:29

Rocky Barker: The best thing about Idaho, really

A Boise steelhead angler's view on dams 0:36

A Boise steelhead angler's view on dams

Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab 2:06

Pioneer Fire recovery and rehab

Climate change doubles wildfires 0:59

Climate change doubles wildfires

About 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."