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Wildfires have increased dramatically in Washington State

In Washington State, almost twice as much land has burned during the current decade, so far, as during the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s combined, based on data from Jeremy Littell at the University of Washington.1 This pattern of increase in fires, mostly in the central part of the state, is consistent with a general increase in fires across the entire western US, a pattern linked to earlier snowmelt and warming temperatures (Washington warming trends in the spring and summer and western US trends).

  1. Littell, Jeremy S.,  Donald McKenzie, and David L. Peterson, "Ecological Context of Climate Impacts on Fire: 
Wildland Fire Area Burned in the Western U.S. 
1916-2003" (PDF) (University of Washington College of Forest Resources, 2003).