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Study finds forest fires are diminishing snowpack — and that's hurting the Southwest's water supply

We all know the connection between fire and rain, James Taylor aside, but a new study from Colorado State University takes a deep dive into the complex connection between wildfires and snowpack and how it all relates to our diminishing Western water supply.

Steven Fassnacht is a professor of snow hydrology at Colorado State and co-author of the study.

The Show spoke with him to learn about its findings, beginning with the all-important trees that crowd the forests of northern Arizona.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.