Colorado is Burning
Most destructive blaze in state’s history notyet contained
Aggressive wildfires con- tinue to burn through drought-parched terrain in Colorado and New
Mexico, and federal officials expect that
it will be months—or longer—before
the fires are controlled.
On June 9, lightning ignited what has
become the most destructive blaze in
Colorado’s history. Surpassing the 2010
fire above Boulder that destroyed 169
dwellings, the “High Park Fire” has already claimed one life and 248 properties (as of June 25), with property damage expected to grow.
The more than 600 firefighters tack-
ling the High Park blaze have encoun-
tered their share of hurdles so far, in-
cluding strong winds and searing heat.
On June 10, they contended with yet an-
other obstacle: meteors. Amid four sep-
arate reports of meteors, aerial firefight-
ing resources were temporarily halted as
a precautionary measure.