New research by the University of Montana and University of Wyoming reveal high elevation forests burned more in the year 2020 than the last 2000 years. The Daily Montanan reports this research highlights the effects of climate change on burn patterns over time, due to their periods of little to no burning. UM professor Philip Higuera said the global climate is becoming warmer and drier which is drying out high-elevation forests, making them easier to burn. He added that Rocky Mountain areas should expect similar fire seasons in the coming years.
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