According to InciWeb, there are 137 large wildfires impacting 7.8 million acres of land in the United States right now. It’s only September and 2017 is already the 3rd worst year for wildfires in the past decade. Extreme heat and a persistent drought, despite the wet winter, are to blame for the horrible damage. States are having trouble getting funding to stop these wildfires due to other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Colder temperatures and above average precipitation are forecasted for the western US, which should help contain these fires.
Wildfires By State:
New Mexico: 5
South Dakota: 1
North Dakota: 1
**There are currently 198 Active Wildfires in the US, 137 of which are ‘Large’**