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The Southwest U.S. May Never Be the Same

The plant and animal life in the United States’ southwestern corner have come to adapt to fire, but not the type of fires that are currently out of control in Arizona.

The result of human mismanagement and drought, these mega-fires could change the ecology of the entire southwest. Entire forests may be erased permanently, as this is just another way society is altering the modern landscape.

Colorado State University forest ecologist Dan Binkley said that a forest may be able to recover from losing a few acres, but large-scale eradication can affect the area’s ecological future.

Fire isn’t exactly breaking news in this area, but fires like these occur once every few hundred years, and have life-long effects.