U.S. Wildfires Have Destroyed an Area the Size of Israel

Wildfires across the U.S. have burned around 5.2 million acres of land as of Thursday, according to the latest figures from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and local authorities.

The current total acreage of the fires is nearly the size of Israel, which has an area of just over 5.3 million acres.

More than 26,000 firefighters and other support staff are battling at least 102 “active large fires” across 12 states as of Thursday, according to the NIFC.

More than half of the…

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