<p><strong>A wildfire encroaches on a home in <a href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/maps/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=32.55225023221992, -98.49737495183943&amp;z=6">Strawn, Texas (see map)</a>, west of Fort Worth, on Tuesday.</strong></p><p>A statewide drought, hot temperatures, and fierce winds have created ideal conditions for <a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/wildfires/">wildfires</a> to ignite and spread throughout <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/texas-guide/">Texas</a>.</p><p>Fires have burned more than a million acres [405,000 hectares] in the state in the past week alone, including several massive blazes in West Texas that firefighters battled Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.</p><p>(Also see: <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/08/photogalleries/100810-russian-wildfires-heat-wave-moscow-smoke-world-pictures/">"Wildfire Pictures: Russia Burns, Moscow Chokes [2010]."</a>)</p>

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A wildfire encroaches on a home in Strawn, Texas (see map), west of Fort Worth, on Tuesday.

A statewide drought, hot temperatures, and fierce winds have created ideal conditions for wildfires to ignite and spread throughout Texas.

Fires have burned more than a million acres [405,000 hectares] in the state in the past week alone, including several massive blazes in West Texas that firefighters battled Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

(Also see: "Wildfire Pictures: Russia Burns, Moscow Chokes [2010].")

Photograph by Tom Pennington, Getty Images

Texas Wildfire Pictures: Crews Fight Statewide Blaze

Severe drought and gusting winds have contributed to 22 separate blazes now raging across more than a million acres of the Lone Star State.

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