In Focus’s Alan Taylor shares alarming, stunning photos of how the Texas wildfires are spreading—and how we’re fighting them:
March 2011 was the state’s driest March on record, leaving it in extreme drought and fueling recent wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and burned more than one million acres over the past two weeks. High winds have been driving some fires eastward, closer to the densely populated Dallas-Fort Worth area. Governor Rick Perry has asked President Barack Obama for federal disaster funding, with the cost of fighting the fires estimated to be $2 million per day, supporting nearly 2,000 personnel across the state.
See many more unbelievable photos from Texas at In Focus.
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The Texas wildfires that have scorched over one million acres across the state have not yet subsided, multiple news outlets report. On Tuesday alone, firefighters had to contend with 11 new blazes while still managing the 20 existing fires that have raged for the past several weeks in all but two of the state’s 254 counties.
Read on at The Atlantic Wire.