Currently in Denver — June 16th, 2022

The weather, currently.

90s and smoky haze for Thursday, June 16th

It seems more smoke is in store for Colorado on Thursday. The system that moved all our smoke out of the Front Range is getting a move on and a new high pressure regime is taking over. That high pressure system will carry the smoke from the fire in Arizona over our direction for Thursday. In other words, another gross smokey and hot day is coming.

Here’s the 3 things you need to know for Thursday:

1) Smoke comes back. Stay indoors if you can.

2) Warmer. Highs in the 90s.

3) Just gross.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Goats — yes, goats — could prevent wildfires in California, according to National Geographic.

The continuation of the megadrought in the West — which has made the region the driest its been in 1,200 years — along with the upcoming dry winter and looming effects of climate change will surely worsen this year’s fire season. And, dead vegetation has increased the number of California wildfires as well. Megablazes, which are fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are devastating the state more and more, too.

During past fire seasons, land managers have utilized herbicide and human labor to clear out some of the foliage and non-native plants that compete with the state’s native vegetation. When non-native species die off, they become fuel for wildfires. And sometimes, these clearing methods still left seeds behind.

As a result, more and more people in California are bringing in goats to clear the land and in turn, prevent wildfires. When the goats eat any unwanted or non-native vegetation, the plants’ seeds become nonviable.

So, next time you see a horned herbivore trotting around, munching on some vegetation, thank it for its service. It could be stopping a fire.

—Aarohi Sheth