Study finds forest fires are diminishing snowpack — and that's hurting the Southwest's water supply

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 12:46pm
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 11:23am

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Snow in Flagstaff, Arizona.

We all know the connection between fire and rain, James Taylor aside, but a new study from Colorado State University takes a deep dive into the complex connection between wildfires and snowpack and how it all relates to our diminishing Western water supply.

Steven Fassnacht is a professor of snow hydrology at Colorado State and co-author of the study.

The Show spoke with him to learn about its findings, beginning with the all-important trees that crowd the forests of northern Arizona.

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