June 28, 2012 - Western Wildfires Rage Out-of-Control: Colorado isn’t the only state affected by an exceptionally severe fire season, with crews battling blazes in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
“The whole Central Rocky Mountain range is a tinderbox,” says Ron Roth, of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordinating Center in Lakewood, Colo.
A light winter snow pack, dry spring, more people living in what was once wilderness and the long-term effects of climate change have all conspired to make this an especially bad fire season, Roth says. “We’ve got trees torching, tornadoes of fire — this is extreme fire behavior,” he says.
The exceptional danger is a combination of very dry vegetation and waves of lightning storms, says Lee Bently, a public information officer for the incident management team responsible for the High Park Fire. “It’s just instant ignition.” Follow the link below for the complete story on the western U.S. wildfires.
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