Wildfire Fighting: Firefighters Work to Control the Flames
Human access to the fire area also helps or hinders the spread of a fire. The terrain in which a fire begins influences how easy it is for people to get to the forest fire and try to put it out. Human resources are key to putting out a fire.
Sometimes firefighters can use roads to bring water to a fire, while at other times, they can drop water from the air. Other people may be busy digging trenches to prevent a ground fire’s spread, or starting backfires to burn up the tinder that fuels the forward motion of the fire.
In remote areas, it can be difficult to get firefighters to the fire quickly, and areas with a lot of brush and steep slopes can make it hard to get people to the fire.
Colorado Wildfires Burn Across Region
How long will the Colorado Wildfires burn? At the moment, conditions are ripe for fire in the Colorado Springs area, as warm, windy, and dry conditions prevail – and the USDA Forest Service puts most of Colorado and Nevada in a Red Flag Warning status – evacuations will continue, as the blaze spreads. Firefighters work to prevent loss of life and property, but after the fires, the forest will recover.
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