Map: major 2013 wildfires

Wildfires

Historical Wildfire Animation

Experts project that large wildfires will, in coming decades, be more common, last longer and consume more acreage as the climate gets warmer and often drier. This graphic shows acreage burned by state increasing from 2002 to 2012. Dark red represents more acres burned, up to almost three million in some states, while dark green shows little burning, some with zero acres burned.(Graphic by Danielle Alberti, Scripps Howard News Service)