Beetle-kill trees fueling Colorado wildfires
DENVER -- The mountain pine beetle has had a major impact throughout Colorado, killing hundreds of millions of trees. While the epidemic does not increase the risk of wildfires, it impacts the severity of them. The Colorado State Forest Service's annual report estimates one in every 14 standing trees in Colorado is dead. That's 834 million trees, and that number has gone up 30 percent in the past seven years.