Red flag warnings=red state collapse. This map is evidence that livestock grazing is not the solution to climate change or to saving the West:
From the Edmonton Journal:
A joint study by biological scientists Rebecca Rooney, Suzanne Bayley and David Schindler and published online shows the pitfalls of failing to rehabilitate land mined for bitumen to its original state. The authors also say the “destruction” of more than 29,500 hectares of peatland habitat means loss of carbon storage. Essentially, with the loss of peat cover, the contribution of oilsands development to overall carbon emissions and climate change could grow substantially, they say. “The boreal forest is the world’s largest and most important forest carbon storehouse ... but its continued storage depends on future management practices.”May Goddess have mercy on us all.
Update, 12:08 MDT: Dewpoint dropping, 18F now w 14% RH at Rapid City Airport. Winds gusting over 30mph. With temps in low 70s, its as good as it gets for fire. RT @wx_chip