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Boo-boo bear, last year. (US FWS Photo)
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Boo-Boo, the Burned Cub Bear from 2012 Forest Fires, is Released

Boo Boo is back in the wild forests of Central Idaho.

Last year, an orphaned black bear cub was found along the Salmon River during the Mustang Forest Fire. Its paws had second-degree burns and forest service personnel removed it from its perch in a tree alongside the river

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This photo was taken in the late afternoon during the Ravalli County Fair from the East Side Highway. (Fullerton Photo)
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KLYQ’s Ravalli County News Story of 2012 – Smoke

In mid-August, the air monitor at the Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton reached the level "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups." It got worse during the next few weeks.

The reason - forest fires.

Forest fires in Idaho had been growing rapidly, some with massive amounts of bug-killed trees

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Snow in the backcountry. (Fullerton Photo)
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Idaho Snowpack is Looking Good

The early snowstorms have adds inches and, indeed, feet of snow to the higher elevations of the Northwest.

The Idaho Natural Resource Conservation Service in Boise reports that that northern and central Idaho are above average for this time of year

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A new forest fire, the Bell Point fire, has been added to the Powell SBW Complex west of the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
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Smoke and Fire Update – Monday September 3

No relief from the smoke in the near future.

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An orphaned black bear with burned paws. (Karen Dunlap-USFS Photo)
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“Boo Boo” Bear Found at Idaho Forest Fire

The Mustang Complex of forest fires has burned over 145,000 acres near the Salmon River, and has displaced many animals.

Saturday, a fisherman spotted a lone bear on a river trail near Corn Creek Boat Launch

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Photo courtesy of theslowlane/flickr
Photo courtesy of theslowlane/flickr
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Silverwood – Fun That’s Not so Far Away

 

 

 

 

 

This week we surprised our oldest son and took him and his brothers to Silverwood. I had not been there in probably 10 years. I have to say it was just as much fun as I remember, if not more.

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Firefighters using a jet boat to reach fires along the Salmon River. (USFS Photo)
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Evacuation Ordered Along the Salmon River

From the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho, here's the evacuation information, as of Friday morning, August 24.

Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman issued evacuation orders for Spring Creek and Indian Creek residents the evening of August 23, 2012

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Photo courtesy of InciWeb
Photo courtesy of InciWeb
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Montana Hotshot Team Cites Safety Issues in Deadly Idaho Fire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A member of an elite federal firefighting team says safety concerns kept the group from engaging a northern Idaho wildfire one day before a 20-year-old firefighter was killed.

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Smoke from the area of the Mustang Complex. (Sandy Nelson Photo)
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Valley Smoke Returns – August 16

A couple of days without smoke, and now it's back.

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Forest Service Firefighter Anne Veseth. (Photo courtesy of Veseth family)
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Firefighter Killed In Idaho Forest Fire

The US Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in an Idaho wildfire Sunday as Anne Veseth, age 20, a seasonal firefighter for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

Veseth, as native of Moscow, Idaho and a sophomore at Lewis and Clark State College In Lewiston, was apparently struck by a falling tree or debris

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