Wildfires in the West

Duckett Fire
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Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth [Bradypus variegatus]Climate change, drought, pine beetle infestations are all contributing to the wildfires plaguing the western United States. Which came first is the question although the majority of scientists around the world tend to agree that climate change is the major component contributing to the forest fires we are experiencing here in the west. Colorado, where we live, has been particularly hard hit this year and last and our eyes, noses and lungs as well as the homes lost around Colorado Springs can attest to it. Fortunately for the moment, our rains have finally arrived, during what we call the summer "monsoons" and although not enough to get us out of the drought conditions just yet, we are rejoicing in the relief we feel when a little bit of the wet stuff falls each day now, the vegetation appears to be coming back to life and we can breath a little easier. The pictures here are of the fire that burned the year before last in the Wet Mountain Valley (not so wet now) just south of our home and the slurry being dropped by the courageous fire-fighting pilots. This fire was started by a careless camper and burned over 4000 acres; a small one compared to those that have burned and continue to burn in Colorado and Arizona today.
Duckett Fire
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