In a sharply worded guest opinion, Gov. Butch Otter placed the blame for Idaho's $189 million firefighting season on the feds.
The Republican Otter suggested, without detail, that Idaho's all-GOP congressional delegation stood prepared to help "pave the way for change." He said federal land managers hamstrung by lawsuits, bureaucratic inertia and laws "that try to be everything to everyone on every acre."
And here's another snippet:
This year will be one of Idaho’s worst fire seasons since the Panhandle’s deadly “Big Burn” of 1910. To date, 1.7 million acres have burned in Idaho during a fire season that likely will extend for several more weeks. And it’s important to remember that 93 percent of the acres burned in Idaho this year are owned and “managed” by the federal government.
Here's a link to the full Otter guest opinion, issued today.