Video: The Connecticut-Sized Texas Wildfires As Seen from Space

Wildfires have devastated central Texas, burning 3.6 million acres, an area that's roughly the size of Connecticut. That makes it one of the largest in recorded history in North America. Six of the 10 worst wildfires in Texas history have occurred in 2011. Houston Chronicle science writer Eric Berger writes "This year's wildfire season has annihilated the previous records. 'Break' isn't nearly strong enough [a word]." The fires are so massive that their plumes can easily be seen from space, as shown in this footage captured by NASA's Space Station's astronauts.

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