FILE- In this June 25, 2012, file photo, a plume of smoke rises above the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Manitou Springs, Colo. The fire left behind vast swaths of scorched earth highly conducive to flash flooding. In Colorado, multiple flash floods have struck this summer in or near scars left by last year’s wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service spent nearly $46 million nationwide in fiscal 2012 on emergency erosion measures. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

First Fire, Then Floods In Besieged Western Forest

Western forests have been battered by natural disasters this summer.