Federal officials are making their way to Idaho to survey wildfire damage, which stretches from Idaho to the Mexican border.
Drought, rising temperatures, a century of fire suppression policies that allows forested areas to grow thick with fuel, and more people living on the edge of wilderness have resulted in bigger and more dangerous burns. More than 700 homes and outbuildings along Colorado's Front Range have been destroyed in the past three weeks. While Idaho wildfires have not been as destructive, they have already cost in excess of $10 million in damage.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are expected to visit Boise, where they'll be briefed at the National Interagency Fire Center. They'll also travel to Denver and Colorado Springs this week.
Here in Idaho, 66 homes and 29 outbuildings were destroyed in the Charlotte Fire, south of Pocatello. An additional 1,400 acres were scorched in the Jump Fire, southwest of Marsing, and 200 more acres were burned in the wildfire near Janess.