“We’re really rewriting the record book in terms of fires this year,” said Russ Schumacher, Colorado’s state climatologist, in an interview. During the 1980s, according to Colorado data, a record-setting blaze was one that destroyed 15,000 acres. Jared Polis (D), 90% of the two new fires are burning in national forests and other federal land. Schumacher noted that Colorado traditionally enjoyed relatively cool summers, followed by fall rains brought by the North American monsoon. Meanwhile, the summers have become unusually hot, especially this year, with temperatures reaching 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Colorado cities.