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The impact of climate on forests and wildfire

Wildfire, Forests and Climate Change

In the southwest of North America, record heat has spawned an early an aggressive start to the 2016 fire season. One consequence of a warming world is the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. With increasing heat, fires burn more intensely over a steadily increasing wildfire season signaling a regime shift in global forests . A 2015 study published in…

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The Waldo Canyon Fire rages near Colorado Springs

National Fire Preparedness Level Increased as Fires Rage in the West

As fires continue to rage in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and other western states, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho yesterday raised the  national fire preparedness level to “4” on a scale of 1 to 5. The heightened level indicates increased strain on federal resources battling the fires throughout the Rocky Mountain region and west. President Obama visited the beleaguered city of Colorado…

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