Idaho wildfires burned so hot this summer they scorched even intensely-managed areas, a sign climate change, hot temperatures and extremely dry fuels trump even man's best efforts to put a dent in forest blazes.
The Idaho Statesman reports the Elk Complex Fire in August burned 6,000 acres of intensively managed state endowment forests, in addition to nearby Boise National Forest that had recently been logged.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Sen. Jim Risch have called for a return to more-aggressive logging practices like were prevalent in the the 20th century, on grounds it will help reduce the intensity of wildfires.
While fuel treatment may help, University of Idaho fire ecology professor Penny Morgan says that such activities aren't 100 percent effective -- especially when faced with extreme conditions.