Floods and hurricanes have dominated the news cycle lately, but lest we forget the rest of America is on fire. And the bad news is, it's not going to stop anytime soon.
On top of treating Seattle to a recent shower of ash, the fires have been so bad that Washington, Montana and Oregon have had to declare states of emergency, people can’t breathe in Utah and Los Angeles is still recovering from a massive wildfire. In fact, more than 50 wildfires are burning in Western United States right now, with some aflame for months.
What’s worse, according to the Oregonian’s wildfires map some of the fires won’t be contained until late October or even Nov. 1.
And if you’re thinking, well, October isn’t that far away, you should know that “contained” doesn’t mean out, rather just that a fire line has been dug around the perimeter.
Which means fires can be 95 percent contained and still burning. Something to keep in mind if you're planning a western trip this Fall.