Wildfires Burn Through Record Book

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:44pm

More than 7-million acres have burned this year, a new record for this point in the season.

Wildfires continue to burn out of control across much of the western United States.

High temperatures and a lack of rain have helped to fuel at least 35 wildfires across ten states, burning nearly 7-million acres.

The cost to fight those fires has already climbed over a billion dollars.

Numbers that are only expected to get worse.

With no real relief for the drought in the forecast 2012 is on pace to be the worst wildfire season in U.S. history.

More than 1,800 structures across the country have been destroyed by fire this summer.

The most land ever scorched by wildfires was just over 9-million acres in 2006.

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