Upward trend in Western wildfires

From Climate Central: Wildfires have burned more than 4.5 million acres in the U.S. so far in 2017. That’s 38% more than the average acreage burned for the year-to-date over the past decade. And it is the third largest area burned by wildfires in the last decade through late July. The bulk of U.S. wildfires burn in the western half of the country because soils and vegetation are generally drier there in summer than in the East. As temperatures rise from the increase of greenhouse gases, evaporation rates from soils increase, which can worsen drought and dry out vegetation, creating…