32,000 evacuated in Colorado Spring fires: welcome to the new normal

Homes burn (source: Denver Post)

Across the US temperature and precipitation records are being smashed. Some of the reports coming out of the US are staggering. Again and again you hear the words “surreal” and “unprecedented” when describing the rain, heat and fire afflicting the US.

Because of the scale of the wildfires in Colorado over 32,000 homes have been evacuated:

The Boulder blaze was just the latest wildfire to strike Colorado, which is The Boulder blaze was just the latest wildfire to strike Colorado, which is facing record high temperatures after a warm winter that left little snowpack to moisten soil. Crews across the scorched state were battling more than 20 fires yesterday amid record high temperatures, and a fire more than 2000 hectares in size has caused the evacuation of 32,000 homes in Colorado Springs. record high temperatures after a warm winter that left little snowpack to moisten soil. Crews across the scorched state were battling more than 20 fires yesterday amid record high temperatures, and a fire more than 2000 hectares in size has caused the evacuation of 32,000 homes in Colorado Springs.

Governor describes situation “like a military invasion”

Watch as the Colorado fire chief describes the wildfires as a “fire storm of epic proportions”:

Welcome to the new normal.

2 thoughts on “32,000 evacuated in Colorado Spring fires: welcome to the new normal

  1. john byatt says:

    Arctic Sea Ice Melting at Record High
    In global warming news, Arctic Sea ice has melted faster this year than ever before in recorded history. Research from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows the extent of sea ice earlier this month was hundreds of thousands of square miles less than it was on the same day in 2007, and about 12,000 square miles less than the previous record low in 2010. Researchers say the ice has been melting at more than double the climatological rate and have attributed the increased melting to climate change. The news comes amid a spate of extreme weather in the United States, with wildfires tearing through Colorado and record rainfall in Florida.

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