WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS
Fire-Fighting Fleet Stretched To Limit as U.S. West Burns
SEATTLE In the worst fire season since 1994, with no letup in sight, more than 230 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are assisting firefighters battling hundreds of U.S. wildfires. Fire-fighting aircraft and flight and ground crews have been going full out since late July in the effort to stop approximately 67,000 fires that have consumed 5 million acres, an area twice the national annual average over the last 10 years.
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