A fast-moving fire in northern Colorado has resulted in the death of a pilot fighting the fire. Officials stated that the evacuations have triggered a wave of evacuations. This was in response to research showing that wildfires are becoming more intense and are occurring throughout the year.
Officials from Larimer County said that the Kruger Rock fire had burned 146 acres. It was now 60 percent contained. More than 200 firefighters were fighting the blaze.
The fire was first reported early Tuesday morning, and crews found flames burning in steep terrain, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The fire quickly spread due to low humidity and gusty winds, which are conditions that are ideal for wildfires.
You can do several rounds of evacuation ordersResidents and businesses were issued with both mandatory or voluntary permits throughout Tuesday’s day. The fire was out by the afternoon. had burned 75 acresA portion of the proceeds were used to fund the project. Highway 36, a major east-west route, to close for about a day. Rocky Mountain National Park was also closed in parts due to the fire.
The fire rage continued into Tuesday evening, and a plane carrying a large quantity of fire suppressant crashed into the ground, killing the pilot. There was no one else on board. Officials stated that the crash was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.
CO Fire Aviation identified the pilot as Marc Thor Olson, a veteran of both the Army and Air Force. He had reported moments before the crash that conditions were turbulent over the fire, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.
Although some evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday, there were alarming signs that the fire could spread.
Boulder’s National Weather Service set a red flag warningWildfires could be expected in the Palmer Divide, South Park and the foothills from Friday through Friday. “A very dry air mass will be in place and relative humidity will drop as low as 6 percent,” the Weather Service said, adding that wind gusts could reach 40 miles per hour.
There were a few wildfires this year in Colorado, including the Oil Springs Fire, which burned nearly 13,000 acre, and the Morgan Creek Fire, which burned nearly 8,000 acres. Lightning started both. Last year, the Cameron Peak Fire blazed more than 200,000 acres in Arapaho National Forests and Roosevelt National Forests in Larimer County and Jackson Counties, as well in Rocky Mountain National Park.
“One of the things that is a change of paradigm is Colorado used to talk about a fire season,” Gov. Jared Polis from Colorado stated this spring, and said that the phenomenon is now year-round.
Severe drought conditions continue to plague large swathes of the Western United States, including the Northern Plains. They are causing problems for farmers, ranchers, and setting the stage to allow large wildfires and other destructive effects.
Wildfire experts see the effects of climate change in the extreme fire seasons, dryness, heat and heat that have made them more intense. “We wouldn’t be seeing this giant ramp-up in fire activity as fast as it is happening without climate change,” Park Williams, a climate scientist at U.C.L.A., said. “There’s just no way.”
Alyssa LukpatContributed reporting
Source: NY Times