Just several miles west of Fort Collins, a record-breaking wildfire continues to spread across Cameron Peak in Colorado. So far, 200,000 acres have been incinerated, breaking the 129,000-acre Grand Junction fire record late last summer. Cameron Peak is now the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history.
With an unprecedented wildfire season in neighboring states, and California in particular, 2020 has become a record-breaking year both in square miles and destruction. California’s August Complex inferno was the state’s first giga-fire on record, having scorched nearly 1600 square miles, equal to more than 1 million acres, an area larger than Rhode Island.
Climate-Change scientists are warning the unprecedented infernos are no mere coincidence. Mother Nature has been sending glaring signals for decades as each wildfire season grows longer, more widespread and dangerous every year. Global warming and its damaging effects are hitting home for millions of people who are experiencing first-hand devastation which was foretold long ago. According to a report issued by the United Nations last week, if humanity does not take immediate action to save the environment, our world will become an “uninhabitable hell.”
Ann Sullivan is a contributing staff writer covering national and world news topics. She brings dedicated experience having written international and domestic news, blogs, and web content for over 20 years. She’s also a published poet and graphic designer with degrees in Business and Graphic Communications and has been a music distributor, music industry sponsorship sales director and band manager.