Researchers analyzed and combined existing demographic census and satellite vegetation data to create a map of communities at risk of wildfire threats.
Rocky Mountain Forests
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.
The study applied global climate models that indicate Rocky Mountain National Park will face milder winters and warmer summers in the future.
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.