Figure : western-us-forest-wildfires-and-spring-summer-temperature

Area Burned by Large Wildfires Has Increased

Figure A5.31

U.S. Global Change Research Program USGCRP
Matthew Dzaugis

This figure appears in chapter A5 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

The figure shows the annual area burned by wildfires in the United States from 1983 to 2017. Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to an increase in large forest fires in the western United States and interior Alaska over the past several decades, and the ten years with the largest area burned have all occurred since 2000. Source: adapted from EPA 2016.32a27ac6-82cf-4a78-b93b-78b224c0d43f

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