13 Feb 2008, 1:33am
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Ashes and carcasses are the aftermath of failed government policies and environmental lawsuits

by Judy Boyle, Range Magazine, Winter 2008

At over 650,000 acres, the Murphy Complex Fire of last summer was the largest range fire in Idaho’s recorded history. Judy Boyle and Range Magazine tell the story of dead livestock, murderous backburns, idle firefighting crews, unkempt Federal lands, crippling enviro lawsuits, and the incineration of overgrown allotments ungrazed due to those lawsuits.

A thousand square miles of sage grouse habitat was destroyed in the Murphy Fire and 75 of the area’s 102 known sage-grouse leks, or breeding areas, incinerated. Newspapers reported flaming jackrabbits dashing across roads and spreading the fire.

For a heartrending account, please read Wildfire-Ashes and Carcasses [here].

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