The 2022 wildfire season in North America is underway and, like each of the past few years, has been more active than normal. Persisting drought conditions, above-average temperatures, and multiple wind events have helped to create conditions conducive for active wildfires, particularly in the Southwest and the Great Plains.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), over 24,000 fires have burned approximately 1.3 million acres this year, including 17 fires burning over 486,000 acres as of this writing. Much of the current fire activity revolves around a combined fire in New Mexico that has consumed over 300,000 acres and forced the evacuations of thousands of residents.
Download this Situational Report to gain insights on:
- The US wildfire outlook for July and August
- Western US drought conditions
- Infrastructure impacts, including reduced power capacity