71 major fires burning across the United States due to rising temperatures

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Atlanta, United States (CNN) — 71 major fires have burned across the United States, according to the Interagency National Fire Center (NIFC).

The National Fire Center said, Thursday: “71 major fires burned 993,678 acres across the United States.”

“The National Multi-Agency Coordination Group upgraded the national preparedness level to level five last night, due to significant fire activity occurring in multiple geographies, an increase in incident management team mobilization, and a significant commitment of shared resources to major fires nationwide,” the center added.

The center noted that since temperatures remain above normal and humidity is low across the West, “now more than ever, we need your help to prevent wildfires.”

Nearly 300,000 acres burned in Oregon, the state worst affected than any other state in the United States. While Idaho has the largest number of burning fires (17).

So far this year, 34,411 fires have caused a total of 2,255,218 acres, according to the National Center for Statistics. That is still less than half of what has been burned since 2011 and 2015, according to data from the National Fire Center.





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