EarthSky] The 2015 wildfire season in the United States has already broken records. So far this year, more acres of land have burned as of mid-September than the total annual amount in 2011, which was the 4th worst year for wildfires at least since the 1960s. So will this year be the new fourth worst, third worst, second worst, or worst wildfire year since then? Read on, and take a guess.
The National Interagency Fire Center
in Boise, Idaho, publishes a ton of useful statistics on wildfires that
are critical for helping state and federal agencies manage the flames.
These records date back to the 1960s.
The chart below, created with the National Interagency Fire Center
data, shows that the worst years for wildfires in the U.S., since these
records began being kept, were 2006 (9,873,745 acres burned), 2007
(9,328,045 acres burned), 2012 (9,326,238 acres burned), 2011 (8,711,367
acres burned), and 2005 (8,689,389 acres burned).
Already as of September 18, 2015, 8,821,040 acres of land have burned
across the U.S., and this number exceeds the total number of acres
burned for 2011. Hence, 2015 has already earned a spot as the 4th worst
year on record, and the 2015 wildfire season is still going strong. Read More