Western Wildfires Have Burned More Than 7 Million Acres This Year

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), there are currently about 30,000 firefighters and support personnel battling nearly 100 wildfires in 10 western states. The NIFC also reports that about 7.1 million acres have been burned this year to date, with about 72 percent of them from fires in Alaska earlier this summer. State and local fire crews already working alongside National Guard troops will soon be joined by 200 active-duty soldiers called up to assist, a move not made in more than a decade.

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