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Lightning-Caused Wildfires

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Lightning-Caused Wildfires

As the graphic shows, people cause most wildfires. But lightning-ignited fires burn by far the most territory.

Significant Events for Spring 2013

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Significant Events for Spring 2013

The highlights of NOAA's 2013 Spring climate summary.

Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

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Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

The number of big fires has shot up since 1970, with the largest number occurring during the years with the highest temperatures.

Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

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Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

From Hurricane Sandy to record heat, here is our list of the top 10 extreme weather and climate events of 2012.

Top 10 Hardest Hit States of 2011

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Top 10 Hardest Hit States of 2011

A look at which states were hit hardest by extreme climate and weather events in 2011.

Wildfires in the West

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Wildfires in the West

In 2006, wildfires burned seven million acres in the West, the equivalent area of five of the country's largest national parks.

In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain

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In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain

In a desert state like Nevada, heavy rains promote plant growth but can lead to more wildfires.

In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

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In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

In a forested state like Montana, hotter and drier years leave forests more susceptible to large wildfires.