Scientists are measuring mercury levels in a reservoir near Fort Collins to determine the impact of the High Park Fire.
Rocky Mountain Forest Fires
Research derived from ponderosa pine forests in the Southwest indicates that while low-severity surface fires are common historically, today’s large-scale forest fires are enabled by fire-suppression efforts and other human activities.
A new study finds that climate change may spark more forest fires in the Yellowstone ecosystem, resulting in a shift from mature, old-growth forests to younger forests and woodlands.
The history of wildfire and fire suppression in the U.S. is replete with stories of hubris, disaster and miscalculation. Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University shared some thoughts during a lecture in Boulder.
Scientists expressed concerns about salvage logging following fires, which may slow the natural recovery of forests, streams and wildlife.
Researchers analyzed and combined existing demographic census and satellite vegetation data to create a map of communities at risk of wildfire threats.
The project will use advances in satellite and sensor monitoring, mathematical theory and meteorology to develop tools to warn firefighters about where a fire may go and sudden changes that might occur, such as wind changes or extreme fire behavior.
Hayman fire temperatures reached in excess of 400 degrees Celsius (752 F). At least one area reached more than 650 C, more than 1,200 F.
Work was underway in late 2002 to stabilize soils and remove hazardous trees from the most heavily used areas. Rehabilitation work, including aerial seeding and mulching, was also conducted.
Wildfires burned over 7.1 million acres of public and private lands during the summer of 2002, mostly in the western U.S. While battling these fires, 21 firefighters were killed.