Living in Wildland Makes Firefighting Hard

The brutal fire season is raising questions about the the trend of people making a home in mountainous wildland areas. In Colorado Saturday, it’s estimated that 1 in 4 houses is in a wildland area. That’s more than a million people, a fifth of the state’s population. And it makes a tough job for firefighters that much harder, reports CBS News.

“When you have homes all intermixed in there,” said Greg Heule, a retired Colorado Springs firefighter, “then your concentration is on those homes and takes lot more resources to do it. And then the wildland fire continues while you’re concentrating on the homes that are in the wildland area.

The high temperatures and tinderbox conditions are all but guaranteeing that progress in fighting the western wildfires will be spotty at best.

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