August 15, 2007

  • I did go visit the Mitchell fire burning in the Deep Creek Mountains of SE Idaho yesterday. Earlier story (which prompted my visit). A violent thunderstorm came up just about as I arrived. I ate a lot of dust and smoke. The storm redistributed the fire, which was burning in heavy fuels up the west…

  • It was closed again at 8 pm Tuesday due to a spot fire along the East Entrance road. It is closed until further notice. The road had been open for 12 hours since the previous closure. Update Aug. 16. The East Entrance is still closed. Here is the detailed story from the Billings Gazette. Fire…

  • Numerous stories today. Yellow Pine resists ‘mandatory’ evacuation. ‘There was about to be a revolution if they said we had to leave’. By Heath Druzin. Idaho Statesman. This story could be repeated many times around the globe. Local residents are warned of a volcano, landslide, hurricane, flood, fire, etc.. Some refuse to leave and pay…


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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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