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Wildfires in the West balloon in size amid heat and drought, prompting evacuations

Wildfires across the West dramatically increased in size on Monday into Monday night, with more than 80 large blazes now burning in the U.S. and about 300 to the north in British Columbia.

Why it matters: The western wildfire season has kicked into high gear about two months early, as climate change-related drought and heat waves have dried out vegetation to levels not typically seen prior to late summer.

  • About 20,000 firefighters are already deployed to blazes.
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