Article Photos: Education battle tops Idaho news stories for 2012 15/15

As the sun sets behind the plume of smoke, a helicopter makes a water drop on a fire Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, near Orofino, Idaho. Across Idaho, hundreds of homes were threatened by wildfires that have blackened more than 500,000 acres or 781 square miles, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Idaho experienced one of its worst wildfire seasons, with 1,151 wildfires tallied and a nation-leading 2,600 square miles burned, the most in the state since 2007, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. (AP Photo/ Lewiston Tribune, Steve Hanks)