I am sure there are some folks wondering if the fires out west are close to where they have a hunt planned for this fall. Here are a couple of links that you can use to keep an eye on things. They provide locations, size, containment %, etc of current wildfires.
I attended a Div of Wildlife meeting in Colorado Springs last night and it was a sight I will never forget. All was fine there, as far as property damage goes, until evening when the wind direction changed and hit 65 mph and then things got crazy. The black smoke, soot, winds, haze and flames are hard to describe.
I live 30 miles south of the fire and our town has gotten 2 inches of rain all year. The reality is that there will be many more fires this year. We get late afternoon lighting storms with little to no rain which is the perfect recipe for more fires.
In the long haul, the fires will prove beneficial for wildlife. Unfortunately now is the time when fawns and calves are still young so no doubt there will be some mortality. Worse yet is the fact that many people have lost their homes and other valuables in these fires.
Sorry, wish it was that easy. Basically, it a global warming argument. Milder, shorter winters have resulted in a lower beetle kill year to year resulting in a population explosion that is taking it's toll on the pines. Effecting grizzly bears too since the pine nut is a large source of their summer diet and caloric intake.
Keeping an eye on the fires as well since I am headed out that way in the fall. Colorado is a big state in relation to the size of the wildfires.