Why an intense fire season may be shaping up in 2021

Get the Full StoryWildfire isn't inherently bad. It can be really good.

But the extreme way the Western U.S. often experiences fires today infernos, blazes that can burn well over 200,000 acres in 24 hours, and flames surging through neighborhoods has repeatedly destructive or dire consequences. This modern Western fire regime isn't simple. It's an evolving nexus of longer fire seasons, warming climes, grossly overcrowded forests, drought, and a variety of different factors unfolding in different places like regions with extremely flammable non-native grasses .

Now, after a historic 2020 wildfire season out West, already exceptionally parched conditions may have set the stage for another potent fire year in 2021. Read more...More about Wildfires, Science, and Climate Environment