Researchers at the University of Arizona were recently awarded $1.5 million over four years to study fire interactions in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. Using both tree-ring and archaeological methods, the scientists will shed light on how to live within these forests sustainably so they persist even in the face of climate change.
The impact of the recent Southwest wildfires will be felt long after the fires are out, according to a recent article by Shaun McKinnon of the Arizona Republic.
The Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos in north-central New Mexico has become the largest in state history. The fire consumed 130,691 acres as of Wednesday, July 6, and is 30% contained.
The 2011 fire season is the worst since 1990, when fire record-keeping began, according to the June 2011 Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS. Nearly 1.4 million acres have burned across Arizona and New Mexico since June 14.