Wildfires

Image: Mark Thiessen; from the National Geographic Article, "Wildfires"

Last year, 74,126 fires across the United States scorched roughly 8.7 million acres (or 10+11 square feet) of land.  That’s 119.9% higher than the average for all wildfires and acres burned.  While lightning caused just over 10,000 of the fires, almost 64,000 (10+04) of them were started by humans, according to FindTheData.org’s 2011 US Wildfire Statistics.

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