13 Jun '18, 5pm

Large Wildfires Scorch Forests in Drought-Stricken Southwest

Large Wildfires Scorch Forests in Drought-Stricken Southwest

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management team battles the 416 Fire. 416 Fire Facebook Large Wildfires Scorch Forests in Drought-Stricken Southwest A number of wildfires are currently ablaze in the Western U.S. as severe drought envelops much of the region. The 416 Fire in Colorado, which has scorched 27,420 acres since it broke out on June 1, has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes and the closure of all 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest. The fire is currently 15 percent contained and no structures have been destroyed, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said. The National Wildfire Coordinating Group noted that the blaze has been fueled by abnormally dry conditions and prolonged drought. Large fires in the West are also burning the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona, the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, Manti-Lasal National For...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/colorado-wildfires-drought-25777...

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