With over half the U.S. now experiencing drought conditions, the risk of wildfires is steadily on the rise. Accordingly, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) predicts that May and June will be above average risk in the Southwest, Northern California, Central Oregon, and the Central and Southern Plains. The NIFC also predicts that in July and August, the wildland fire potential will be above normal in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and the Northwest. And that’s not good news.

As of this post, there are 17 wildfires burning in nine states, the worst of which are taking place in New Mexico. It is there that well over 442,000 acres have been destroyed and