Progressives get completely hysterical every time there is a forest fire, belying their complete lack of understanding of science. Fires are an essential part of the forest cycle. Many species of trees can not exist without them, including two of the most common species in Colorado – Lodgepole Pine and Aspen.
This spectacular grove of Aspen trees near Santa Fe is there because of a huge fire which burned in 1890. I used to work as a wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service on the other side of the ridge.