Right now, there are 43 large wildfires scorching the Southwest and the West Coast. In fact, wildfires are so bad in the American West that around 8,700 wildland firefighters are already risking their lives to put them out. AdvertisementA map from the Incident Information System, an interagency collaboration, shows 47 large fires burning throughout the country right now and many smaller ones burning nearby. But it’s the West and Southwest that are getting the worst of it. There were 47 active fires as of Monday since the start of fire season, and only six fires have been contained.