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And sadly, most Coloradans know wildfires are a risk of living where we do, especially adding in the changing climate and a century of fire suppression. All these forests are overdue for fires, plus they have been ravaged by beetles that having been moving farther north with the warmer
I am about 10 miles east of the big High Park fire that has been burning for a couple of weeks, so no direct threat, but the smoke has been pretty nasty from time to time.
Co. have lost everything.
Either way, things are really looking up this weekend. The fire up here in Fort Collins is
I have some neighbors who have dozens of dead beetle killed trees standing in their yards, why
Looking back at the aerial photos of the homes burned in Colorado Springs. It is obvious that the majority of those could have been saved if the homes were not so close together. A 4000 sq foot home set 8 feet from its neighbor...is just too dense. Those homes toppled like dominoes, and you can tell from the ash and burn patterns that it was home to home ignition and not forest to home ignition.
I sure some new high density zoning and land use lessons can be learned from this event.
As to the beetles having killed the trees. . . .most of the time I think we have waaaay to much gov't interference, but then again, when people are so ignorant in not cutting down dead trees then you have to wonder if there shouldn't be some sort of mandate - at least on a local level, to
But all of this is getting a little deep and depressing. Doesn't someone have some cool pallet reuse project we can all enjoy?
I feel sorry for the people who lost their homes, but I have to keep in mind that all these fires are actually really good for the ecosystem - and most any natural disaster is a good reminder of the power of nature. It's not something to be messed with or taken lightly.
Yes, you are right about the fires ultimately being beneficial. It's one of Mother Nature's ways of keeping things in balance. It's when mankind has encroached and kept things in such tight
We're still toughing out intense HEAT - 100 here again today!! Roads are buckling & news just reported a plane had to be towed off the runway@ Reagan Airport in DC because it sunk in the soft asphalt!! The storms that blew thru here last Friday really caused major havoc a little further up in