Monday July 02nd 2012, 10:00 AMFrom Colorado’s resort towns to mountain communities in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, local leaders are worried about fires burning hotter and faster due to bark beetle kill. Some of this year’s fires have already burned through areas affected by the native insects, but fire behavior analysts and researchers say the result isn’t always a hotter, more severe fire. Sometimes it is. They’re busy building computer models as firefighters toil on steep mountainsides to put out more than a dozen new blazes. [News Source]
Researchers: Conditions have to be right for beetles to play big role in wildfire recipe.