Extreme fire risk across seven states

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    (CNN) -- Firefighters across the southwestern United States on Sunday could face some of the worst weather conditions of the season for battling blazes currently raging across the region.

    The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of Arizona, all of New Mexico, much of north Texas and portions of Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Utah for Sunday. A red flag warning means weather conditions -- mainly high heat, low humidity and strong winds -- pose an extreme fire risk.

    "The winds certainly will be very gusty and strong," said Ken Daniel, NWS meteorologist in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Any new fire starts would have the potential to have explosive growth."

    The forecast calls for winds of 30 mph or more in some areas, with gusts of up to 50 mph, Daniel said.

    There are currently dozens of active wildfires burning in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, according to InciWeb, an online interagency database that tracks fires, floods and other disasters.

    Nationwide, wildfires have burned almost as many acres in the first half of 2011 than were recorded by the National Interagency Fire Center for all of 2010. The agency reports on its website that 3.1 million acres in the United States had been ignited by wildfires as of May 31, compared to 3.2 million burned acres cited in the organization's year-end report in November 2010.

    As Arizona fires rage, 7 states face extreme fire risk Sunday - CNN.com
     
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    Try some history. Last I checked we have had fire seasons EVERY year not just 2010. Some are quiet and some are not. My brother ran a service for firefighters in the Pacific Northwest for years. There have been bad years before. And I am quite sure there will be bad years to come as well.
     
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    natures way of revitalizing the landscape............pretty cool..........been happening for millions of years!!!
     
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    Hell, we have had floods before, we have had tornados before, and we have had extreme fire years before. So what the hell can be unusual about having them all at the same time? Wonder what the hurricanes have in store for us this year?

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    Who knew that weather events happened in combination only beginning in 2011????:dunno::dunno::dunno:
     
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    Did the OP say this was the worst one ever or merely worse than last year?

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