America's Ring of Fire

Wildfire season is getting longer, but varies by region

While climate scientists warn that wildfire season is getting longer, the blazes remain particularly active during certain months and vary by region.

Wildfire season begins in Southern states such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Most occur in late winter and early spring, while vegetation is still dead or dormant, but those states’ seasons are less concentrated than in other areas of the country.

Wildfires pick up in Midwestern and Eastern states later in the spring, when grasses and other vegetation grow quickly as snow melts and dry out soon afterward. States such as Vermont see a lot of debris burning during spring months, increasing the possibility of wildfires.

Western wildfires spark most often when plants are driest and conditions are hottest – usually in summer and early fall.

Learn more about wildfires in our recent investigation.

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