The federal government is tracking 68 large wildfires across the West -- with the largest cluster of fires burning a wide area in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. The early part of the fire season has claimed more than 3.4 million acres -- already well more than the 10-year average for an entire season. Behind the fires are three main factors -- record-setting heat, persistent drought, and the aftermath of small winter snowpacks in the mountains that resulted in low runoff.
Those conditions are precisely those that scientists say will become more common as the climate continues to warm. Wildfires are among the weather-related events they are most confident in predicting as a consequence of global warming.
Wildfire photos from around the world submitted by The Daily Green community to the Weird Weather Watch photoblog Tahoe fire, Sierra sunset
Lake Tahoe Fire
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Florida on Fire
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