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We're over the cool factor. We're done with the national news exposure we get from bursting into flames each summer. For boaters coming back from Banks and getting stuck during the Chief Parrish fire, it turned what's supposed to be a casual drive home from the river into a four-hour sufferfest in an overheated car and a smoky haze. For anyone living or trying to vacation in Ketchum up to and before the Labor Day weekend, it turned one of the best times of the year into a grim exercise in smoke tolerance or, for those who were forced to evacuate, something scarier. Or for the folks in Yellow Pine, used to hot, dry summers, it became a chilling confrontation with law enforcement officers who tried, before they rediscovered their compassion, to enforce a mandatory evacuation order. Enough, we say. Bring on fall.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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