A fire burns on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 20 north of Mountain Home, Idaho on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. The blaze was among several touched off in recent days by a lightning storm that rolled through the region. The largest two fires, the Pony Complex and Elk Complex, had burned more than 300 square miles of sagebrush, grass and pine trees and forced the evacuation of small, remote towns in the region.
This morning, a hotshot crew of firefighters will leave their home base in Arizona and head to Boise Idaho. There they'll get their next assignment, which could be fighting fires somewhere in the northern Rockies, or possibly even here in California.
Earlier this summer, another hot shot crew, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, suffered devastating losses when the Yarnell Hill fire killed 19 firefighters. Now many questions have been raised about the decision to assign this crew to the fire
John Dougherty, an investigative journalist and founder of the news blog, Investigative Media, joins the show with more.