Lookout towers still key during fire season

In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018, photo, Tom VandeWater stands at the railing of the Coolwater Fire Lookout and looks through his binoculars in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests near Lowell, Idaho. VandeWater, from Canton, N.Y., has staffed the lookout each summer for many years for the U.S. Forest Service. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

BOISE — Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers.

More women than men apply for Idaho Supreme Court opening

The only three women who have served on the Idaho Supreme Court since statehood are, from left, former Justice Cathy Kilak, former Justice Linda Copple Trout and current Justice Robyn Brody. Betsy Z. Russell / Idaho Press

The list of applicants is in for an opening on the Idaho Supreme Court, and for the first time in state history, more women have applied than men.

Update: Grassy Ridge fire exceeds 71,000 acres

The Grassy Ridge fire burned actively all through the night propelled by erratic winds and thunder cells. Fire officials estimated it to be more than 71,000 acres in size as of 5 p.m. Saturday. Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center

The lightning-caused Grassy Ridge fire northwest of St. Anthony has grown to an estimated 71,600 acres on Bureau of Land Management and state lands.

Update: Dubois evacuated as Grassy Ridge fire grows

The Grassy Ridge fire burned actively all through the night propelled by erratic winds and thunder cells. Fire officials estimated it to be more than 75,000 acres in size as of 8 p.m. Saturday. Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center

Residents of Dubois are being evacuated as the lightning-caused Grassy Ridge fire northwest of St. Anthony moves closer to town.

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