Pocatello, Idaho. There was a lot of lightning early this morning 2 – 6AM. Now there is a rapidly growing fire (see photo) north of Pocatello Creek on the southern boundary of the Indian Reservation burning in sagebrush, grass, some thick juniper and aspen. It has spread rapidly.  It has been named the 2 1/2 Mile road fire. Air tankers are now hitting it and seem to be stopping its spread to the south — towards houses. Update on 8/22.  The fire is nearing control, but there is worry about the west side which is in rugged territory. About 40 homes were potentially threatened, but fire retardant drops stopped the fire miles from the homes although the fire’s path was toward them.

On the other side of valley, there is a fire in the Arbon Valley area. Most of the fire fighting resources seem to be devoted to it because it is threatening rural homes in Power County. Homes have been evacuated. Update: this fire is now under control, but a flare up with afternoon winds (on 8/22) is possible. It is named “The Garden Fire.” It burned over 1700 acres.

The fire north of Pocatello Creek. This has been named the 2 1/2 mile fire.Taken from Pocatello's West Bench about 3:10 PM, Aug. 21. Copyright Ralph Maughan

 

 

 

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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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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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