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Western Wildfires Destroyed 246% More Homes and Buildings Over the Past Decade – Fire Scientists Explain What’s Changing

Western Wildfires Destroyed 246% More Homes and Buildings Over the Past Decade – Fire Scientists Explain What’s Changing

It can be tempting to think that the recent wildfire disasters in communities across the West were unlucky, one-off events, but evidence is accumulating that points to a trend.

In a new study, we found a 246% increase in the number of homes and structures destroyed by wildfires in the contiguous Western U.S. between the past two decades, 1999-2009 and 2010-2020.

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    Colorado Mural Project Hopes to Shift Climate Beliefs

    Colorado Mural Project Hopes to Shift Climate Beliefs

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    What Wildfire Smoke Plumes Reveal About Air Quality Over Time

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    Colorado Votes to Reintroduce Wolves, Approving Historic Ballot Initiative

    Colorado Votes to Reintroduce Wolves, Approving Historic Ballot Initiative

    The voters of Colorado have made history by electing to reintroduce gray wolves to the state. The opponents of Proposition 114, as the measure was called, conceded Thursday, National Geographic reported. As of that afternoon, the plan to reintroduce wolves had 1,495,523 votes for and 1,475,235 against with 90 percent of the votes counted. However, […]

    Colorado Wildfire Grows by 6,000 Acres an Hour

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    Will Colorado Bring Back Wolves? It’s Up to Voters

    Will Colorado Bring Back Wolves? It’s Up to Voters

    By Rebecca Niemiec and Kevin Crooks Colorado voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether the state should reintroduce gray wolves (Canis lupus) after a nearly 80-year absence. Ballot Proposition 114 would require the state to develop and oversee a science-based plan to restore wolves, focused in Western Colorado and initiated by the end of 2023. […]

    Colorado Battles Largest Wildfire in State History

    Colorado Battles Largest Wildfire in State History

    For the second time this year, Colorado is battling the largest wildfire in state history. Strong winds pushed the Cameron Peak fire 17 miles to the east Tuesday and Wednesday, Wildfire Today reported. It burned more than 20,000 acres in a single day, swelling to 158,300 acres by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and placing at least […]

    Bubonic Plague Found in Colorado Squirrel

    Bubonic Plague Found in Colorado Squirrel

    The plague has recently seen an uptick in cases, and the World Health Organization has categorized it as a re-emerging disease. That’s why public health officials in Colorado are urging people to be vigilant after a squirrel tested positive for bubonic plague. The squirrel was found in the town of Morrison, west of Denver. Jefferson […]

    Colorado Wildfire Forces 1,000 to Evacuate

    Colorado Wildfire Forces 1,000 to Evacuate

    More than 1,000 people were told to evacuate their homes when a wildfire ignited in the foothills west of Denver Monday, Colorado Public Radio reported. The Elephant Butte Fire sparked in Evergreen, Colorado around 2:30 p.m., KDVR reported. As of Tuesday morning, it had spread to 50 acres and was zero percent contained, the Jefferson […]