Western wildfire season is well underway

As I sit and write this in Pocatello, Idaho, the high smoke passing overhead (from the Cow Canyon fire) heralds an early beginning of the summer wildfire season, but Cow Canyon is hardly the only fire.

Headwaters News today has a “roundup” on the fires. The most damaging one is near Lake Tahoe and has already burned 165 homes.

Update. Wyoming wildfires multiply. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Update on the Lake Tahoe fire. June 26. Firefighters Gain Ground on Calif. Blaze. AP. Well over 200 structures have now burned.

Update June 27. Horse Creek Fire in Wyoming Range continues to grow. AP

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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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