Firefighters battle a brush fire that grew quickly out of control in Laguna Niguel, California, on Wednesday.

These are the places with the highest wildfire risk in the US

Updated 0402 GMT (1202 HKT) May 16, 2022

(CNN)Forecasters say the West could be looking at a particularly bad wildfire year, as several destructive fires have already ignited well before the hottest, driest months. A fast-moving blaze Wednesday night destroyed 20 homes in a wealthy Orange County, California, community. In New Mexico, more acres have already burned from large fires in the first five months of this year than in any other year over the past