The Burning Issue
Grist's deep dive into the 2021 wildfire season
Data sources: NIFC / InciWeb. Cover image: AP Photo. Graphics: Clayton Aldern. Last updated 19 Oct 2021.
Wildfire season in North America has gotten progressively more intense over the past few decades, lasting longer and burning nearly 10 times as many acres as it did just 30 years ago. As these disasters worsen, we’ve seen fires reshape communities and economies across the U.S. West. Follow Grist as it delves into all aspects of the 2021 fire season — and sign up for our weekly newsletter.
In This Series
Tourists are desperate to return to national forests … just in time for wildfire season
Dry conditions have put public lands in uncharted territory this summer.
During wildfires and hurricanes, a language gap can be deadly
The importance of translating emergency warnings is often a lesson learned too late.
Why California is building new houses in the path of wildfires
The housing market is dangerously hot.
How federal agencies are failing their wildland firefighters
Wildland firefighters protect us. But are we taking care of them?