Idaho wildfires

Idaho Wildfires
4:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Forest Service gives different picture of young Idaho firefighter's death

US Forest Service

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:01 pm

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators.

The newly released report determines fire managers did not violate any safety protocols at the fire where Anne Veseth died. She was killed when a 150-foot fire-damaged cedar came crashing down last August. The young firefighter from Moscow, Idaho, was working the Steep Corner Fire in the northwest part of the state.

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Other News
4:42 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Inspectors finds unsafe conditions led to firefighter's death

Anne Veseth, 20, died fighting a wildfire in Idaho in August 2012.

Wildland firefighting has always been dangerous but new standards in the last few decades have made fatalities rare. So it was news when a 20-year-old wildland firefighter was killed six months ago in northwest Idaho.

Now several government investigations into the death of Anne Veseth are coming out. Correspondent Jessica Robinson obtained the first one. It finds Veseth died under hazardous conditions that could have been avoided.

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1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wildfires in Washington, Idaho continue challenging crews

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
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High winds are challenging crews battling the Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington; and crews fighting the Trinity Ridge fire in Idaho are in a standoff with that fire, waiting for it to reach lower ground.

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