Before 2002, Colorado had never recorded a fire larger than 100,000 acres. It now has three burning simultaneously. What’s happening in Colorado isn’t a coincidence, it’s climate change.
“In Colorado, more acres have burned this year than in any other *five year period* on record, combined. Fires are even slowly advancing through early winter snowstorms – with heavy snows posing new challenges for firefighting crews.” (1/2)
Colorado hasn’t seen a fire season this bad in a very, very, very long time.
In Colorado, fires are slowly advancing through early winter snowstorms – with heavy snows posing new challenges for firefighting crews. None of this is normal. Thank you, and for raising the alarm.
Colorado hasn't burned like this in at least a thousand years. My latest for The Phoenix
It's been a 1000 years since Colorado has burned like this 'our house is on fire' Colorado's 3 largest wildfires in history have been in the past 3 months Wildfires on this scale are exceedingly rare without a boost from global warming #ClimateEmergency
“In Colorado, more acres have burned this year than in any other *five year period* on record, combined. Fires are even slowly advancing through early winter snowstorms – with heavy snows posing new challenges for firefighting crews.”
I talked to , who has spent his career studying the fire history of the Rocky Mountains going back thousands of years. He’s absolutely shocked at this year’s fire season: “I don't think I've been an alarmist enough about climate change.”
This week, the East Troublesome fire crossed the continental divide through Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 11,320 feet – an unbelievable feat for any time of the year, let alone late October. Colorado is in a climate emergency.
'If you look over the historic record, there really is not anything comparable.' Before 2002, Colorado had never recorded a fire larger than 100,000 acres. It now has three burning simultaneously. -- #ClimateChange
‘The thing I keep saying to people is I don't think I've been an alarmist enough about climate change.’ It's been a thousand years since Colorado has burned like this by
"And the amount of warming that we've had in the last two to three decades is comparable to the maximum amount of warming that occurred over the last 10,000 years." says
Thanks for covering this climate emergency in #Colorado
"I hiked the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. So I know the Rockies really well. And just the amount of fire that is now on the landscape just is astonishing to me.” -
The three largest fires in Colorado history – the Cameron Peak fire, the East Troublesome fire, and the Pine Gulch fire – have all burned this summer.
Rapid climate warming having a transformative impact on the forests in Colorado, on a scale not seen in millennia.
Decades of drought and beetle infestations worsened by rapidly warming temperatures have led to massive stands of dead forests across western North America. From California to Colorado, they’re all seemingly burning up at once this year.
It's been a thousand years since Colorado has burned like this. More acres have burned this year than in any other *five year period* on record, combined.