Climate change-linked Colorado wildfires are most destructive in history

The most destructive wildfires in Colorado’s history are still raging in the Rocky Mountain state.

Ten separate fires are burning and threaten the communities of Boulder and Colorado Springs. At least 257 homes have been destroyed, report Elizabeth Weise and Trevor Hughes in USA Today.

Wildfires are also blazing in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Climate change is partly to blame, along with rising populations in formerly unsettled areas. Bark beetle infestations, spreading because of warmer winters, are leaving acres of tinder-dry dead forest.

This is an unequivocal example of the extreme danger global warming is bringing to our cities and towns.

Update: A new map released by NASA shows the massive scale of the wildfires, blazing across the US west and Mexico.

Update 2: Another map. This one, from June 23, shows severe drought conditions across the US West. Reports show this part of the country will be the worst hit by global warming impacts.