Wildfires Are Pushing Western States To Their Limits And Pushing Toxic Smoke As Far As New Mexico

The 2015 wildfire season continues to rage throughout the West, as historic drought conditions and record temperatures have pushed many states’ fire suppression capacities to their breaking points.

As of Monday morning, at least 13 large fires burned across the central and eastern portion of Washington, while 11 burned across Oregon. All told, 65 major wildfires are currently burning across seven Western states. According to the National Interagency Fire Center statistics, more than 27,000 firefighters are deployed across the country. To date, this years’ fire season has burned 7,487,737 total acres, more than any other season in the last 10 years.

“Nationally, the system is pretty tapped,” Rob Allen, the deputy incident commander for the fires around the Cascade Mountain resort town of Chelan, told the Associated Press last Wednesday. “Everything is being used right now, so competition for resources is fierce.”

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