In New Mexico, a 56-square mile fire has damaged or destroyed over 200 homes and other structures. In Colorado, the High Park Fire has claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman and has destroyed more than 100 structures.
That wildfire is only 10-percent contained and there's no rain in the weather forecast. But lack of water isn't the only thing fanning the flames. A mountain pine beetle infestation has turned trees into ready-made kindling.
Timothy Paine, professor of entomology at U.C. Riverside.