Wildfires costing $100 million a week, and now US military personnel are on the way

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BUMBLE BEE, AZ – Wildfires continue to cause the big burn in western states and Canada, like the one outside of Bumble Bee, Arizona in the Castle Creek Wilderness. The Rattle Snake Fire  has burned about 1,300 acres. That’s a little larger than the city of Kemah.

About 200 active-duty military personnel will join the battle to control the wildfires, the first time the military has jumped in since 2006, an indication of the enormity of the situation that is costing the US forest service about $100 million a week.

In all, about 95 fires have forced more than a thousand people to leave their homes in Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon.

In the town of John Day, Oregon the fires destroyed the homes of 26 families.

Right now, about 1.1 million acres are burning, which is just about the same area as all of Harris County.

Wild horses in Idaho are also victims of the wildfires that have killed 27 of the 250 or so that roam this area.

These wildfires truly are fit for neither man nor beast.

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