Colorado Smells Like Mexico
Colorado wild fires started ridiculously early this season. A wind worthy of the dust bowl swept through hot dry pine-beetle killed trees on Sunday and treated them as tinder. I walk around my neighborhood in my flip-flops after work breathing the smoke, feeling it in my eyes. The smell of constant smoke in the air always makes me feel like I’m in Mexico, where people cook on fires and burn waste, and fill the air with smoke all day. So, that is the smell of climate change in Colorado. The smell of Mexico.
Photo: North Fork Fire, March 27. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)