Topic: Salmon-Challis National Forest
The west is having one of the worst wildfire seasons in decades. So far 6.4 million acres have burned, and on Wednesday Idaho residents were evacuated to avoid another massive wildfire.
Gold prices hit $1,275.20 per ounce Tuesday. A poor economy and record prices have renewed interest in prospecting in Western states where public lands are rich with deposits and small-scale operators are all but free from government regulation.