Every Summer the images of wildfires burning across the U.S. are becoming much more common. There is no question the fires are happening more frequently in the Western U.S.
KING 5 analyzed data kept on every wildfire in Washington since 2005 and found some alarming new trends.
In total, 386 larger wildfires have burned in that time that required some coordinated response under a Type l, ll, or lll interagency management system.
While the average burn time used to be around five or six days, wildfires appear to last a lot longer on average. In 2017, the average burn time was 51 days.