While Idaho has been spared the worst of this year’s wildfires, the states to the west haven’t been so lucky. Fires in Oregon, Washington and California burned through millions of acres, destroying homes, communities and natural attractions and causing several deaths. Earlier in September, parts of Idaho were enveloped in a haze of smoke from these fires, leading to days of unhealthy air.

Every wildfire season renews the politicized debate between progressives who view climate change as the major factor making wildfires worse and conservatives who see logging and grazing as the answer. However, there is one forest management bill working its way through Congress that has some bipartisan support, including from both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and from the Democrat trying to unseat one of them.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Follow him on Twitter: @NateBrownNews.

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