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Extreme Weather 2011

Texas, New Mexico,
Arizona wildfires

Spring-Fall, 2011

Continued drought and periods of extreme heat set the stage for a series of historic wildfires across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

The Bastrop Fire in Texas was the most destructive fire in Texas history, destroying more than 1,500 homes. The Wallow Fire consumed more than 500,000 acres in Arizona making it the largest on record in Arizona. The Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico was also the state’s largest wildfire on record, scorching more than 150,000 acres while threatening the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In total, more than 3 million acres burned across Texas this wildfire season. Total damage in Texas alone due to loss of property, timber and agriculture exceed $750 million. There were at least 5 related fatalities, and losses for wildfire activity across all three states exceed $1 billion.