October 2018 Bar Bulletin
By Myles Conway
Increases in wildfire activity are well documented across the western United States. Data illustrates that the number of large fires and “acreage burned annually” have substantially increased in recent years.1 In the past decade, nearly every western state has experienced a rise in the number of large wildfires when compared to historical averages.2
Western states have seen an increase in both the length and severity of the annual fire season. Recent data shows an additional 78 days have been added to the western fire season since 1986.3 The number of acres burned in the U.S. during the 2016–2017...