This Utah fire is hot, big, deadly, and growing fast.

Fires are breaking out all over the Intermountain West and there hasn’t even been a lightning storm. It’s going to be quite a summer.

Story. Help on the way for Utah’s weary firefighters. Hundreds from all over nation fight raging Neola North blaze. By Christopher Smart and Glen Warchol. The Salt Lake Tribune.

Note: while I was gone last week, a grass fire (mostly cheat grass) started by fireworks threatened housing at Idaho State University in my home town (Pocatello). The county (Bannock) has now banned all fireworks for July 4 period.

Related story. Dead rancher had refused to evacuate. Salt Lake Tribune.

Updates on the fire July 5. Utah wildfire, spreading in national forest, might burn all summer, says fire official. Associated Press.

National Incident web’s updates on the Neola fire (lots of information). 

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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