Wildfires, Arizona, Utah, Colorado Wildfires

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Wildfires have always been a part of our lives on this rock we call Earth. Over the years we have developed tried and true ways to battle and extinguish them, but in the recent past it has become more and more of a problem considering their increase in size and weather patterns. These factors have been termed with a phase every American knows all too well, “Global Warming!” The western half of the United States has had to deal with these fires more than any other area of the country. Of the western half, the state of Colorado has seen its share of some of the worst wildfires. Since the 1970 's the normal number of flames in excess of 1,000 sections of land every year has almost quadrupled in Arizona and Idaho, and has multiplied in California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming (The Age of Western Wildfires, 2012). Global climate change has posed a serious problem for firefighters battling wildfires in Colorado; data collection of previous fires as well as areas suffering from drought and changing weather patterns can help to control wildfires before they get out of control putting lives and property in danger.
Is it Global warming or isn’t it? Global warming has been on the rise over the last forty years. Since 1970, warming started quickening all around. The velocity of warming over the contiguous 48 multiplied, from 0.127°F for every decade over the 100-year period, to 0.435°F for every decade since 1970 (The Heat is On, 2012). (The…

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