In order to arrest the spread of the wildfires that are raging in Colorado, firefighters have gone in for aerial methods and have inducted unmanned aircraft. These are programmed to relay details of the fire and the damage as observed from the air, to the ground staff

The Independent UK, reports that Caley Fisher, an officer of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, has indicated that the aerial survey helps to pinpoint areas where the firefighters on the ground must concentrate to minimize losses. At present, the Spring Fire is the largest and it covered more than 14,000 acres as of Friday morning.

Other smaller ones covered a total of another 1000-odd acres and efforts are on to arrest the spread.

Wildfires could lead to evacuations

Keeping the safety of residents in mind, the authorities have advised the people of Colorado to be prepared to move out of their homes at short notice. Already nearly 350 homes have been evacuated due to the wildfires and the situation is being monitored continuously.

There have been instances of wildfires due to the hot, dry and windy conditions that prevail in a region. However, according to the New York Times, the ones currently raging in Colorado are manmade. A Danish individual is believed to be associated with the disaster that has destroyed more than 40,000 acres and has forced hundreds of residents out of their homes.

Colorado wildfire is man-made

New York Times adds that the blaze labeled as the Spring Fire in Colorado was caused by a 52-yeart-old man and the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office have arrested him on arson charges. However, the authorities have clarified that the fire that started in Fort Garland some 250 miles south of Denver, was not an intentional wildfire.

They have not provided further details. The disaster has been raging for some days and has taken a heavy toll on structures in the neighborhood.

Some factors that contribute to such incidents are high summer temperatures coupled with the irregular pattern of wind. When these combine with drought conditions and dry timber, brush, vegetation, and other inflammable substances the end result is a wildfire.

It destroys trees and leaves behind a trail of destruction, and the environment takes a severe beating. The all-important green cover is lost. Wildfire of this nature also displaces humans and robs the animals and birds of their natural habitats. The recovery process is a long one that could run into decades.