Number of Large Wildfires in Western United States Nearly Doubled Since 1980s

News of the Yosemite wildfire is getting worse everyday. The fire has now spread to over 187,000 acres, which qualifies as the 7th largest wildfire in recorded California history.

Many are pointing to climate change as the culprit. As temperatures increase, the fire season lasts longer.

The Ramirez Group offers a few pointed facts about fires in the western United States for consideration.

The average number of large wildfires has nearly doubled since 1980s.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the number of wild fires (over 1000 acres) has risen from an average of 140 per year in 1980s to 250 per year in the past decade.

Average temperatures have risen 1.9% in the western United States since 1970. This causes snow to melt faster. The average length of the fire season has risen from 5 months to 7 since the early 1970s.