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The drought in northern Blaine County fell from “exceptional” to “extreme” last week, bringing Ketchum and Sun Valley from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s worst drought classification to its second worst.

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Cally Galpin and Chuck Christopher live out the East Fork drainage, beyond Triumph, in a gorgeous location with no neighbors in sight. Influenced by the Castle Rock and Beaver Creek fires—plus the current drought and recent pandemic—they decided to be proactive in community fire management a…

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Officials issued a public health advisory for Magic Reservoir in response to a confirmed toxic algal bloom, the South Central Public Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday.

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After a productive night, firefighters expect to contain the Red Devil Fire a mile northeast of Hailey around noon today, Aug. 6, the Bureau of Land Management told the Express Friday morning.

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United Metals Recycling processed literal tons of scrap metal with a portable baler out Ohio Gulch this week—part of the 200-300 tons of metal it handles for the Blaine County Recycle Center each year. This batch will be shredded and hauled to a mill, which will melt it down to form new prod…

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Blaine County found itself in simultaneous flash flood and exceptional drought conditions over the weekend, as monsoon-driven thunderstorms moved in from Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. According to the National Weather Service, Sun Valley received 3 to 4 inches of rain between Friday after…

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Though a monsoonal pattern that brought rain and increased humidity to central Idaho somewhat stunted fire growth on Wednesday, several lightning-sparked wildfires continue to take hold in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

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The forests in and around the ski slopes on Bald Mountain are under attack by Douglas-fir beetle, dwarf mistletoe, white pine blister rust and other infestations. A combination of deadfall and canopy overgrowth has increased fire risk, as wide swathes of trees have died and gone brown in the…

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Drought Monitor upgraded Blaine County’s drought status from “extreme” to “exceptional” last week, bumping most of the county from the NOAA’s second-worst drought classification to its worst.

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Though interested parties are progressing on a slate of smaller-scale projects on the Big Wood River, significant work—and investment—remains to restore flows and rehabilitate habitat in a mile-long reach that runs through Bellevue, Wood River Land Trust River Restoration Specialist Ryan San…