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Are bark beetles making wildfires more severe?

from Teton Valley News

Many forests across the U.S., including several in Idaho, have faced large tree die-offs because of pine-beetle epidemics. The beetles burrow into trees disrupting the flow of water and nutrients, killing the plant. Aside from the harm to the trees themselves, it was long assumed that the large number of dead or dying trees increases not only the likelihood of fires, but how damaging they are once they start. more


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