Image of the Day: Fighting Fires Or Finishing Off Fish?

A plane drops red slurry in Colorado to protect homes and people from the spreading wildfire. Planes have dropped more than 300,000 gallons of red slurry on the High Park Fire in Colorado, according to the Denver Post. However, as the Denver Post reported, red slurry isn’t an ideal solution. The chemical has some toxic ingredients, including ammonia and nitrates. The toxic fire-retardant can kill fish and contaminate Colorado’s water.

The government has established more rules about fire-retardant chemicals; they can now only be applied at least 600 feet away from any waterway, unless the wildfire becomes a danger to human life. The High Park Fire in Colorado has burned more than 65,000 acres since it began with a lightning strike on June 9. A study from researchers at Berkeley suggests that the risk of wildfires will increase in the Western U.S. with projected models of climate change.

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