For current evidence, see the Active Fire Map provided by the USDA Forest Service. As of today (6/12/12) there are 23 large incidents listed. The most significant of these:
- the Whitewater-Baldy fire
- in New Mexico
- has burnt nearly 280,000 acres
- is less than 40% contained
And further evidence can be found in the June 2012 National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook report from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). This report points primarily to the Southwest quarter of the US as being highly vulnerable to wildfire due to its "severe to extreme drought" conditions.
Read up and prepare adequately, you might be working some Overtime this summer!!
Get the right wildland firefighting gear early, including turnout gear, boots, helmets, gloves and more!