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US wildfires: Climate change increases threat

06-14-2012 10:44 BJT

Dangerous and destructive wildfires continue to burn virtually out of control in parts of the United States. One—in the state of Colorado—is growing every day.  And now, according to a new report published this week, wildfires like these are only going to get worse over the next few decades.

It’s been five days and four nights—and there’s still no sign of an end for people in northern Colorado where a wildfire continues to scorch the earth.

At least one person has died.

Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said, "It's pretty frightening. You know it's serious. It's a monster."

Victim said,   "My house is gone!  And now (crying) I'm not going to have a home, and I have no place to go."
 
More than 40,000 acres have already burned.  The firefighters battling it—and there are about a thousand of them—say it’s slow going.

But fortunately for them, the fire is slowing too.
 
Hahnenberg said, "How do we measure success? We're gaining."

Colorado isn’t alone. New Mexico is dealing with several wildfires of its own. So are parts of California, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.  In some cases, there isn’t enough firefighting equipment to go around.

Nick Christensen, Larimer Country Sheriff’s Office, said, "We’re definitely competing for resources whether that’s in New Mexico or other locations. It is difficult to get resources at this point."
 
As bad as it seems now—researchers say the future threat from wildfires probably will be even worse.

In a study appearing in the journal “Ecosphere,” scientists find climate change is leading to warmer temperatures across this vulnerable part of the United States as well as most of Europe.
 
Not good news for people living in the Southwestern United States—some of whom are just trying to get through this day.

 

 

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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