The press claims that this was the “worst fire season on record” and that we “need a comprehensive strategy.”
The reality is that burn acreage was below the long-term average.
I live close to three of the largest fires in Wyoming and Colorado – which occurred in the Medicine Bow National Forest. I took this picture there a few days ago, and it is pretty obvious what the problem is. A century of fire suppression has left a massive fuel load on the ground, which is ready to burn.