Experts Available: Wildfires and Climate Change in 2021

May 25, 2021

Will the 2021 fire season be as bad as 2020? Officials are already predicting another year of intense wildfires after a record setting season last year. Years like 2020 have the potential to become the standard for fire behavior. 

Mike Morgan, the Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control says, “we are having fire years, not fire seasons anymore.” Colorado’s new funding and wildfire-related bills are preparing the state with new resources for the 2021 season.

Interested in speaking to one of CU Denver’s experts about the 2021 wildfire season? Please contact Meghan Azralon at or by phone at 720-602-5706.


Gregory Simon is an associate professor of geography and environmental sciences at CU Denver. He is a human-environment geographer interested in the relationship between environmental change and social vulnerability. He can speak to his a wide range of diverse topics including wildfires and urbanization, cookstove-based sustainable development, forest cover change, outdoor recreation, and social vulnerability to climate change.

Deserai Crow is an associate professor at CU Denver who researches local and state-level policy. Her work assesses environmental policy and disaster or crisis policies, including stakeholder participation and influence, information sources used, and policy outcomes. Her work often focuses on natural disaster recovery and risk mitigation in local communities.

Jan Mandel is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His expertise is focused on wildfire modeling.