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Many contributors to wildfires in the West

As fires continue to rage throughout the western states, particularly California and Colorado, more than 4.6 million acres have been lost. According to a University of Oregon researcher, many factors are at work.

Less rain and snow threaten Colorado River

The rain and snow that typically nourish the Colorado River, which in turn serves as the most important water source for the American Southwest, have been abysmal this year, and meteorologists are warning of a permanent shift in the area’s weather patterns.

Drought in American Southwest worsens

Most of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are experiencing severe drought, and meteorologists are expecting conditions to worsen, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.