A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mt. Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.
The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.
There are few examples of fires wiping a species off the planet. In fact, fires sometimes help rare animals and plants by clearing overgrown habitat. But experts fear that such extinctions could become a consequence of two factors that are making some endangered species ...read more
Source: NPR Science - ingested into KQED