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Only part of the way into a wildfire season that threatens to become the worst in half a century, much of the US is currently ablaze this August, with 65 large wildland fires in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. The fires have roared across the dry western US this month, following an unusual year-long dry spell that some experts attribute to La Nina. To date, nearly 63,000 wildfires have burned four million acres of forest and grassland nationwide. Dry lightning strikes, strong breezes, high temperatures, and the potential for human error led government officials to close more than six million acres of state, private, tribal, and federal land in Montana last week as a preventative measure. This week's In The News focuses on wildfires; the twelve resources listed above provide information from the general to the technical, with several exceptional resources for the research community.

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