Summer of Fire Hell: 1K Homes Destroyed

Hot, dry conditions mean blazes will continue
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Summer of Fire Hell: 1K Homes Destroyed
Map shows latest spread of the wildfire in Colorado Springs   (Associate Press)

(Newser) – An astonishing 1,000 homes have already been destroyed by wildfires this year, and with continuing hot, dry weather and record-large blazes sweeping through much of the southwest, the destruction will likely get worse, reports the Los Angeles Times. A record-busting Colorado blaze burned down 259 homes in High Park before another fire in Waldo Canyon engulfed 346. A record-sized New Mexico blaze destroyed more than 240 homes.

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Other major fires include one in Idaho that burned down 66 homes, a blaze in Utah that destroyed 52, and one in Montana that torched 16 homes. Another fire in Wyoming has burned down a number of buildings, and has a growth potential described as "extreme." Demand for firefighting resources hasn't been this high "in a long time—if ever," said a coordinator at the US Forest Services firefighting center. (Read more wildfires stories.)

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