California Wildfires

Climate Central analysis shows that the number of large fires on Forest Service land is increasing dramatically. 

More than 11.2 million people in California, or 30 percent of the state's population, are at an elevated risk of wildfire.

Dozens of large wildfires have already raged through Western states, with hundreds of thousands of acres burned.

Large wildfires are on the rise in many of the western states, including California.

By 2050, California projected to see more than 140 days a year with high wildfire potential, the greatest number of days among the lower 48 states.

What's Happening with Wildfires?


Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains... More


Dead Trees Adding to California Firefighters’ Battle

With drought and climate change conspiring to push California’s summer wildfire season into premature overdrive, the state’s lead wildfire agency has acquired a multimillion dollar arsenal to help it cope with unprecedented numbers of dying trees... More


Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Spring and summer — two key seasons for wildfires — have warmed 2.1°F across the West, on average... More


The Southwest May Have Entered a ‘Drier Climate State’

The Southwest is already the most arid part of the U.S. Now new research indicates it’s becoming even more dry as wet weather patterns, quite literally, dry up... More

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