Texas is suffering one of America's worst outbreaks of wildfires since the state's ruinous fire season of 2006. The driest March in recorded history has left vast swaths of the Lone Star state a "massive tinderbox that has exploded with devastating effect" and, unless the weather ushers in a rainy season, the destruction will likely continue. Here, a look at some stats behind the blazes:
Number of fires that have raged out of control in West Texas so far this year
Total number of wildfires the state experienced in 2010
916 square miles
Total area of land scorched by the blazes so far in 2011
Number of homes burnt to ashes by the fires so far in 2011, including 60 that were destroyed just last weekend
Portion of Texas currently experiencing "extreme or exceptional" drought conditions
1/1500th of an inch
The amount of rainfall that Greenville, Texas, received during March. The seasonal average is 3.67 inches.
Average temperature in western Texas over the past month, roughly 20 degrees higher than usual
The speed of the "howling winds" that have helped push the fires out of control
Number of states that have lent Texas firefighters or equipment so far this year
3,000 square miles
Total area of land scorched by blazes in March 2006, the deadliest wildfire month in Texas history
Number of homes destroyed in March 2006
Number of people killed in March 2006
Number of people killed this year
Sources: Associated Press, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Christian Science Monitor
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