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Weather's Dozen: 2011 Breaks U.S. Billion-Dollar Disaster Record

Wildfires in the Southwest

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Wildfires in the Southwest

From spring to fall, little to no rain and high temperatures helped fuel wildfires across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. In all, at least five people died, over $1 billion in damages were caused and 3.65 million acres burned.

In Arizona and New Mexico, 500,00 and 150,000 acres burned, respectively, a record in each state. Texas saw 3 million acres lost to wildfires.

Here, smoke rises around the Lee Valley Recreational area in the Apache National Forest during back burn operations as the Wallow Fire continues to burn June 12, 2011.

Read more: 'Apache 8' Fight Arizona Wildfires and watch Ariz. Wildfire Spreads as Record-Breaking Heat Wave Grips Eastern U.S.

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