According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 8.2 million acres have been burned by wildfires, and that number is still growing. There are currently 65 active large fires still burning. The question is: Will this have an effect on the whitetail season in the northwest this year? Overall, probably not. Although some wildfires have penetrated some of the whitetail strongholds in northeast Washington and Oregon, northern Idaho and northwest Montana, which is significant whitetail country out West, wildfires haven’t been concentrated in these areas overall. The only way to know for sure is to scout the area you plan to hunt and make adjustments as necessary.