The East Coast Will Not Escape Fire

Even parts of the country normally considered “wet” are drying out, with dangerous results

KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS / THE ATLANTIC – The lawns are dead. Trees that should be green have turned brittle and brown. And highway signs caution drivers not to flick cigarettes out the window. These conditions have become the norm of summer and its high fire risk in the western United States. But this is not California, or Colorado, or Idaho. This is New Jersey. And during this summer’s thirsty days, undergirded by climate change, the state has gotten far too little rain …