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Idaho at 1:30 p.m.

SAGE GROUSE RULES-IDAHO LAWSUIT

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top state Republican leaders. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argue they should be involved in the lawsuit because they claim the federal government is refusing to follow the law while regulating sage grouse habitat. The three Republicans submitted their motion last month and are currently awaiting approval from a federal judge. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 500 words. With: AP Photo.

AP EXPLAINS-WILDFIRES-RUIN AND REGENERATION

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. Hot, dry winds can whip flames into firestorms that leave behind charred wastelands prone to erosion and mudslides. Other fires clear out underbrush, open the forest floor to sunlight and stimulate growth. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 940 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

—RESERVATION ASSAULT-SENTENCING: A resident of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation was sentenced to almost five years in prison for assaulting a woman.

—TARGET SHOOTING-FIRE: Firefighters from Eagle, Meridian and Star put out a small grass fire Sunday evening.

—HIT-AND-RUN FIRE HYDRANT: Police say roads in the area of a central Nampa intersection were a "muddy mess" after a driver struck a fire hydrant nearby.