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2018 wildfire season nears its 10-year average for nation

DENVER -- Wildfires continue to be a major problem for the country in terms of threats to people and structures.

The numbers indicate a near-normal wildfire season so far.

Numbers tabulated by the National Interagency Fire Center show the fourth-most wildfires and fifth-most acreage burned this year since 2008.

By the numbers, 2018 has had 5,702,368 acres burned to date, whereas 4,694,653 is the average.

Further, 2018 has had 43,255 wildfires. That's just below the 10-year average of 44,121.

For a total year, 2015 is the most destructive on record going back to 1983 in terms of total area burned at 10,125,149 acres.