Most of the west had a very quiet fire season. Here in Colorado, the fire season was one of the quietest on record. Same was true in New Mexico and Wyoming. But due to some large fires in Alaska, the total burn acreage was the highest in a decade.
The US government wasted no time declaring the nine million acres to be a record.
Had anyone in the US government bothered to check their own fire records, they would have known that there were more than four times as many fires in 1938, and that burn acreage in 1938 was almost four times s large as 2015.
h/t Andy Oz
The 1930’s were much hotter and drier in the US. Even NASA’s James Hansen knows this.
Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought. The drought of 1999 covered a smaller area than the 1988 drought, when the Mississippi almost dried up. And 1988 was a temporary inconvenience as compared with repeated droughts during the 1930s “Dust Bowl” that caused an exodus from the prairies, as chronicled in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.