September 13, 2007

Wildland Fire

With more than 1,400 fires and 1.7 million acres involved, Idaho is fighting more wildland blazes than any other state this year. Marcia Franklin talks with several experts about what is causing the increasingly large conflagrations, and how firefighting policy has been changing over the years, especially with the challenges posed by development at the urban-wildland interface and by global warming.

Guests include: Tom Boatner, Division Chief of Fire Operations, National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC); Dick Smith, Supervisor, Boise National Forest; Jen Pierce, Ph.D, Professor of Geomorphology, Boise State University; Rocky Barker, Author, Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America.