Two fast burning fires near Rockland, ID (SW of Pocatello)

Several days ago a suspicious fire began in the Deep Creek Mountains near Rockland, Idaho, and burned fast — the Rockland Fire. It is now 4000 acres.

Yesterday another suspicious fire broke out about 10 miles SW of Rockland at the base of the Sublette Range. It is burning hard. It is 3000 acres and no containment. It’s the Green Canyon Fire. These are two nice Great Basin mountain ranges near the Idaho, Utah, Nevada border that have seen little fire activity in recent years.

Cloud from Rockland Fire from 60 miles away. Sunday

Location of the Green Canyon Fire.

Sept. 6. Rockland fire map.






  1. Monte Hancock Avatar
    Monte Hancock

    As always magnificant pictures. I have reciently moved to Rockland, Idaho. Do you know the name of the southern flat top mountain peak? thank you Monte

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar


    This photo was taken from Marsh Valley, Idaho. The mountains on the horizon are not the Deep Creek Range where the fire burned in 2006 (I guess you know that).

    At any rate, the mountains you can see are the Bannock Range


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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