Western U.S. Wildfires and Climate Change

WRI’s Western U.S. Wildfires and the Climate Change Connection Fact Sheet reports that over the past 30 years there has been a fourfold increase in the number of large and long-duration forest fires in the American West. Size of wildfires has been increasing, with more than half the U.S. Western states experiencing their largest wildfire on record since 2000, and the length of the fire season has expanded by 2.5 months.