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For the first time on record, U.S. wildfires burned more than 10 million acres in a year.
Eight western states have recorded their warmest year-to-date through October, and the Lower 48 could see a Top 10.
An updated Climate Central analysis shows large wildfires are becoming more common and destructive.
An intense heat wave shattered temperature records in the Pacific Northwest, exacerbating the drought.
A drought-amped wildfire season will severely test the West's ability to live with an ancient threat.
Recent torrential rains have nearly wiped out the five-year drought in Texas and Oklahoma.
The "wet drought" plaguing Washington has prompted a statewide emergency declaration.
Two maps illustrate why the spring arrival of El Niño will not bring relief for the West's drought woes.