A truck driver hauling scrap iron along Idaho 52 Wednesday accidentally ignited a series of grass fires that threatened homes, closed the highway and knocked out electricity for more than 4,000 Idaho Power Co. customers.  Rest of the story in the Idaho Statesman. By Patrick Orr.

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Ralph Maughan

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.

3 Responses to Truck hauling scrap iron starts ten fires along Idaho Highway 52!

  1. It will be intresting what will happen with this. Remember a few years ago, if I remember correctly, a couple towing a car behind their RV caused a huge fire, after one of the car tires blew out and the sparks from the bare rim lit up a trail behind them.

  2. Mike Wolf says:

    If I were driving, and by my carelessness caused the death or injury of another motorist; I would be liable for that injury or death under the law.

    This truck driver should be held liable for his inaction as well. A truck driver, or any driver hauling a load, is responsible for securing that load in the confines of the vehicle. Inadvertantly behavior leading to these consequences does not excuse the act. The driver knows this, or should.

    He should be held accountable for damages, both criminally and financially.

  3. Overlander says:

    d. bailey: The RV pyromaniac incident was more than a decade ago, I think, during the Andrus administration. Idaho either sued the vacationing couple for firefighting costs or prosecuted them for some kind of negligent arson or something. I can’t remember the final disposition of that case.



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