The landscape also looked different a year after the fire on the U.S. Forest Service trail to Hillsboro Peak.

New Mexico’s forests are warming and transforming

In the desert Southwest, an immense amount of tinder sits on top of a drier landscape in a climate that’s warmer than at any time in the past 1,000 years, scientists believe. Last year’s Silver Fire in the Gila National Forest illustrates a shift that’s already taking place to new ecosystems people living today haven’t seen before.