Magazine November 13, 2017, Issue

Money to Burn

A firefighter battles a blaze in California, August 30, 2017. (Noah Berger/Reuters)
Wildfires are getting bigger and more costly, and federal policies aren’t helping

Dozens of large wildfires burned more than 8 million acres of the American West this summer, bringing along with them smoke, ash, and unhealthy air conditions. And now deadly fires are burning in northern California. The fierce blazes that scorched through Napa and Sonoma counties in October were devastating, consuming more than 200,000 acres and claiming at least 42 lives.

If it feels like large wildfires are becoming more common these days, that’s because they are. Over the past decade, wildfires in the United States have burned an average of 6.6 million acres each year, twice the annual average during the

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