The Fire Season by the Numbers

It’s mid-August, which means we’re nearing the peak of wildfire season in the West. This year started with grassfires and could end with an eclipse pilgrimage-sparked blaze — if the conditions are right (or rather, wrong). Here’s an overview of the 2017 season so far, by the numbers:

Over the last decade, the area burned by mid-August averaged 4.7 million acres. This larger-than-normal fire season kicked off with grassfires in places like the Great Basin, eastern Montana and southern California. read more >>