Aug. 15: As seen from air, a forest fire burns near Sacramento, Calif. Wildfires are projected to burn twice as much land across the West by late this century if the climate warms as expected, a conservation group said in a report. Warmer springs and longer summers since the mid-1980s already have resulted in a fourfold increase in the number of wildfires and a sixfold increase in the amount of land burned compared with the period between 1970 and 1986, according to the National Wildlife Federation report.