This week, the Western Governors’ Association is discussing wildfire solutions at its annual winter meeting, which couldn’t be timelier.

Wildfires broke records and wreaked havoc across the West this year, and we can be sure the effects — economic, environmental and otherwise — will be felt long after containment.

Some of the causes and effects of climate change are easy to forget about, because they’re invisible to the naked eye (take New Mexico’s methane problem, for example), but the West’s catastrophic wildfires are one climate change indicator that’s increasingly impossible to ignore.

Victor Snover is the mayor of Aztec and a contributor to Western Leaders Voices, a program of Western Leaders Network that helps amplify the voices of local and tribal elected leaders on conservation issues in the West.

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