Where there’s smoke…

With temperatures skyrocketing as summer sets in, wildfires are once again destroying thousands of acres of land.

On Monday, tankers were called in to fight a wildfire at Waldo Canyon, Colorado. According to the Denver Post, “The fire officially has burned 3,446 acres and by Monday afternoon was 5 percent contained.”

The Post reported that investigators are still searching for the initial cause of the fire.

Heat could have had something to do with it, according to Kevin Cunningham, author of Extreme Threats: Wildfires. Cunningham wrote, “Shifts in weather related to climate change lead to drought and temperature extremes that turn forests and grasslands into tinderboxes.”

“No structures have been damaged so far, but 6,000 El Paso County residents remain displaced by the fire,” the Post reported. “The fire could cause an estimated $295 million in damages if it were to reach nearby homes.”

The space between human residences and forests is quickly disappearing, which is one of the reasons wildfires have become serious threats to human life.

Cunningham wrote, “today a great deal of the damage [from wildfires] occurs at the forest’s edge, where human development bumps up against wild areas that are prone to burning-that in some cases evolved to burn-and that have become more dangerous because of, rather than in spite of, human activities.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about wildfires, check out Extreme Threats: Wildfires by Kevin Cunningham (ISBN 9781599351209)

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