Nearly 1.5 Million Acres Are Burning Across the West: What You Need to Know Right Now


While states in the South struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the potential damage-to-come of Hurricane Irma, the hot and too-dry West continues to battle a mass of post-Labor Day wildfires unlike any other year. Flames have displaced families, destroyed homes and property, closed highways and roads, and threatened iconic natural areas and national landmarks. Here’s what you need to know.

The stats, as of 9/7/17:

Seventy-six fires are actively burning across California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Montana, with 21, and Oregon, with 18, top the list. Of these fires, only one is currently contained.

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