The Black Forest fire recently became the most destructive in Colorado’s history. This isn’t a wildland fire, it’s in a forest that, while not densely populated, is relatively so considering it’s a forest. (Colorado Springs is the nearest city, Black Forest is part of it, on the far northeastern edge. (map))
Among the posts I’ve seen recently include that a veterinary office has burned down but “the cats are okay,” and that an equestrian center that’s hosting 100+ evacuated horses” needs grass hay urgently,” and folks on facebook are posting pictures of long lines of evacuated residents being escorted in to gather pets and essential medications only, while other people are walking the lines of cars distributing water and fresh food to those waiting. A few hundred houses have burned. a couple of residents have died, apparently while preparing to flee.
Current climate change models suggest that, for those of us in western North America, this is what kind of future we’re looking at, for real.