Sudden wildfire destroys nine homes, damages 10 others in Boise subdivision, Idaho Statesman. One resident was also found dead in the ashes.

This fire happened on a “red flag warning” day, and the winds made it very quick. Rocky Barker has some comments on the fire. The homes and yards had not been prepared to withstand a wildlife (no “firescaping”) according to Barker. The was lots of fuel in the yards and even shake roofs on the houses.

Boise fire was a textbook case of the need for firewise home protection. Letters from the West. Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.

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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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Sudden wildfire destroys nine homes, damages 10 others in Boise subdivision

  1. avatar Buffaloed says:

    This fire occurred just a couple of blocks from a very good friend’s home. I’m sure he, his family, and home are okay but I’m sure it was scary.

    The homes burned were sitting atop a basalt rim overlooking an undeveloped field filled with sage brush and cheat grass. It provided a great view of the city, river, and the mountains but what a price to pay.

  2. avatar JB says:

    Given the threat of fire and the impending energy crisis, it boggles the mind that more people haven’t chosen to build sheltered-earth homes (i.e. homes partially to mostly covered with earth). These homes are extremely energy efficient and–due to the concrete exterior and the fact they are partially buried, are also very fire resistant. Moreover, they seem a perfect fit for the West, where so many developments happen on the sides of hills.

  3. avatar JB says:

    Yikes, I’m dyslexic! I meant “earth-sheltered homes.” Here’s an example:


August 2008


‎"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."

~ Edward Abbey

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