2016 Wildfire Season

According to the US National Academy of Sciences, over the past 30 years, there has been a fourfold increase in the number of large and long-duration forest fires in the American West. The length of the fire season has expanded by 2.5 months, and the size of wildfires has increased several times over. More than half the US Western states have experienced their largest wildfire on record since 2000.

Fort McMurray Fire

Alberta declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of the more than 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray, a town in the heart of Alberta’s oil country, as a first responders struggle to contain a massive, wind-whipped wildfire.


Wildfire season has gotten almost 20 percent longer over the past 35 years worldwide as a result of rising global temperatures and fewer rainy days.