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Texas' out-of-control wildfires: By the numbers

The Lone Star State is burning. Over 650 wildfires have raged across its plains so far this year, levelling nearly 200 homes. And it's likely things will only get worse

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:

654
Number of fires that have raged out of control in West Texas so far this year

167
Total number of wildfires the state experienced in 2010

916 square miles
Total area of land scorched by the blazes so far in 2011

189
Number of homes burnt to ashes by the fires so far in 2011, including 60 that were destroyed just last weekend

60 percent
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.

90 degrees
Average temperature in western Texas over the past month, roughly 20 degrees higher than usual

50 mph
The speed of the "howling winds" that have helped push the fires out of control   

33
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

413
Number of homes destroyed in March 2006

11
Number of people killed in March 2006

0
Number of people killed this year

Sources: Associated Press, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Christian Science Monitor

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