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Firefighter Wallace Dillon who stands 6' 5" is dwarfed by a fire that jumped a highway on June 28 in the Mark Twain National Forest Image by US Forest Service
The US Forest Service says wildfires are scorching acres by the thousands in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest, and things are on a record setting pace.
Ranger Rick Case tells KTTS News its been close to 30 years since conditions were this bad.
He says we had very dry conditions in the 1980s, and he's been told by old-timers that things were just as bad in the 1950s.
4,000 acres have burned so far this summer.
He says since the fire season started in February, more than 6-thousand acres have burned.
Missouri's fire season runs February 15th through May 15th, and then there's another one that starts in September, but usually things are a little wetter in the fall.
Case says so far this year no firefighters have been killed in this state fighting forest fires.
There have been some minor injuries like heat exxhaustion.
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