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Heat, Wind And Drought Put Western US At Extreme Risk For Fire

Wochit News
Nine months into the year, more than 44,000 fires across the United States have burned more than 7.1 million acres. The National Interagency Fire Center says that's already 1 million more burned acres than the yearly average over the last 10 years. In California, five of their top 10 largest fires in recorded history, in terms of acreage, have occurred in 2020 and are still burning. Now, more than 70 large, active fires continue to burn across the western US, and the weather forecast for the upcoming week will only make conditions worse. Drought, strong winds, dry vegetation and above average temperatures are expected across the fire-weary West. According to CNN, the Sacramento Valley, portions of the northern Plains and the Four Corners region are in particular peril.