Northwest US Wildfire Outlook: Fires to Ramp up by Late Summer as Drought Returns

By Heather Janssen – AccuWeather Despite drought-alleviating El Niño-induced rainfall during winter, a near-average wildfire season is anticipated across the northwestern United States. The 2015 wildfire season was record-breaking as serious drought and warm conditions kept a tight grip of the region. Over 10 million wildfire acres were burned last year, breaking the previous record…

Satellite Images: Heat Fuels Wildfire at Fort McMurray

Source: NASA Earth Observatory In early May 2016, a destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Fort McMurray in the Northern Alberta region. Windy, dry, and unseasonably hot conditions all set the stage for the fire. Winds gusted over 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour, fanning the flames in an area where rainfall totals have been well…