Why we should expect to see more fires as summer draws to a close

It has been a busy summer for the American Southwest.

But it’s been one of the driest on record.

This is the latest installment of our new weekly look at wildfire risk across the country, based on data from the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters have responded to more than 4 million calls to assist, with 1,600 more on the way.

The number of confirmed wildfires, or fires burning in the U