Writings and observations

First take

Will this be a big fire year in Idaho and in the Northwest? Every year it seems to be a crap shoot, but the potential is there. A spate of recent rain in the state isn’t enough to eliminate the basic dryness in the system; the state’s snowpack remains low. And, while wildfire season still doesn’t really kick in for a bit yet, there actually is a (mostly unheralded) wildfire in Idaho, one of only three in the west: the Celebration fire (odd name) covering 7,400 acres near Murphy.

Hot days for an early part of June: Record-breaking, in a number of places around the Northwest. Is this an indicator of things to come?

(photo by Boise National Forest. From front cover of today’s edition of the Idaho Weekly Briefing.)

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