Aug. 29, 2008. I have added some new updates (in red text)
The idea of letting fires in remote areas burn in order to save money and provide ecological benefits is one of growing popularity, especially given the toll fires are taking on the Forest Service budget (the later most a crisis manufactured by the Bush Administration in order to defund the Forest Service, in my opinion).
Due to high winds, 3 fires in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming have escaped confinement — Gunbarrel in Wyoming, South Barker in Idaho, and East Sliderock.
There are stories in the newspaper today about two of them. First Gunbarrel. This is a fire we have been following for more than a week due to its proximity to Yellowstone and its size.
Gunbarrel managers drop beneficial use policy in favor of aggressive suppression. Casper Star Tribune.
‘It’s in our backyard’. By Chris Merrill. Casper Star-Tribune environment reporter. Note I have no idea why the dateline of this story is Lander, WY because the fire is no where near Lander.
8-28. Inciweb. Latest release on Gunbarrel fire.
8-28 update. Ash falls on Cody. By Ruffin Prevost. Billings Gazette.
8-29 update. Crews intensify efforts to fight month-old Gunbarrel fire. By Ruffin Prevost. Billings Gazette Wyoming Bureau
Conditions hamper firefighters near NV wilderness. By Sandra Chereb. Associated Press Writer. This fire burned for a long time in the Jarbidge Wilderness just south of the Idaho border. Now it is threatening Murphy Hot Springs (a remote resort area), the town of Jarbidge, and it is also burning valuable (and rare) sage grouse country.
Yesterday “KT,” a frequent commenter here, sent out the email below.
And the fire story at www.elkodaily.com
The Forest let a lightning strike in the Wilderness burn – and the fire has now ripped out of the Wilderness, and into some of the only remaining sagebrush in that part of the world.
Some of the video – where it’s burning up sagebrush and areas with rabbitbrush (that had burned in other recent fires) – may be backfires.
Some of us were just down in the this part of the world looking at grazing damage 2 or 3 weeks ago. Upper Cottonwood Creek, Slide Creek, Pole and Raker Creeks – Don and Joyce Clarke, Kristin and Ben, and Stuart .
This is also where a lot of the remaining Jarbidge BLM lands grouse spend their summers …
This wildland use fire on the Sawtooth National Forest almost escaped, but is burning towards an old burn, and this may end its threat. It has pumped a lot of smoke into the Sawtooth Valley, making tourism there much less desireable.
Aug. 29. Growth slows on South Barker Fire. Fire closures could impact bowhunters headed into the field this weekend. By Jason Kauffman. Idaho Mountain Express Staff Writer