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Fire in Colorado Burns Almost 34,000 Hectares: Worst Season in 10 years

 

WASHINGTON – The wildfire that is ravaging the northern state of Colorado for two weeks has destroyed 248 homes and burned far more than 33,670 hectares, as reported in The Denver Post.

According to authorities, the fire is what has destroyed more homes in the state’s history, as climatic characteristics make it prone to fires.

The fire, which began on June 9, has required far more work than 1,900 firefighters and an expense in the work of extinction of nearly $30 million.

A total of eight fires are active, which is the worst fire season in the last decade.

A fire near Colorado Springs broke on Saturday and grow out of control, swept over 300 acres early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 inhabitants and an unknown number of tourists.

The authorities reported that they already have been allowed to return home to about 5,000 people.

Also Saturday, a fire destroyed 22 homes and two buildings in the vicinity of Estes Park, where many visitors stay to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park.

In late May, a fire in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico consumed at least 77,000 hectares, which made it the largest in state history.

According to experts, the combination of drought and low humidity, climate change and changes in land use is likely to entail a series of similar fires in the western U.S. states this season.

Why are Rainforests Being Destroyed?

 

Every year, an area of rainforest the size of New Jersey is cut down and destroyed. The plants and animals that used to live in these forests must find a new home, or worst, die. The question is, why are rainforests being destroyed?

Humans are mainly responsible for the destruction of rainforests. Rainforests are cut down for many reasons. They include:

– Wood for making fires

– Extraction of minerals and energy

– Agriculture for both small and large farms

– Road construction

– Grazing land for cattle

– Land for poor farmers or other settlers who don’t have anywhere else to live

– Pulp for making paper

Rainforests are also threatened by climate change, which is a key contributor to droughts in parts of Southeast Asia and the Amazon. Drought causes death of trees and increases the risk of forest fires.

In 2005 and 2010, Amazon experienced the worst droughts that were ever recorded. The Amazon rivers dried up and millions of acres of land burned. The smoke caused by the fires resulted to health problems, blocked the formation of rain clouds, and interfered with transportation.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, they have experienced several severe droughts in recent decades. The worst drought occurred in 1982-1983 and 1997-1998 when millions of acres of forest burned.