WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– Across the nation, there have been more than 26,000 wildfires since January, compared to 22,000 for all of 2013. So far this year, California has been scorched as a total of 3,300 wildfires have been reported so far — triple its average and there's no let up in sight.
In a study released in April, wildfires across the Western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the past 30 years.
The number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, according to a new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal published by the American Geophysical Union.
The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.