The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said wildfires are the cause of more than 1.3 million acres of wildfires across the country this year, surpassing the record-breaking 1.03 million acres set in 2016.
The agency has said that there are 2.7 million acres burning across the United States, with 1.8 million acres in California alone.
In the US, more than 2.4 million acres burned this year in the states of Texas and California, according to USDA data.
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFAFC) has reported that 2.1 million acres have burned across the US since mid-August.
“Our concern is that fires are being ignited in a manner that could be catastrophic, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Mark Pogue, deputy director of the NIFAFC, which was formed in April to oversee the US response to the massive fires in Texas and northern California.
“This fires have been burning for years, and we have a long way to go,” Pogue said.
The US Department for the Environment (USDEP) has also warned that fires across the west are the most destructive in the country, with more than 200 wildfires in 24 states.
“It’s been a slow burn, but the fire season has just started,” said Kevin Lohr, a wildfire specialist at the USDEP.
“We’re now seeing a lot of fires in Colorado and Nevada, and wildfires are spreading into Arizona,” Lohri told ABC News.
The fires are starting to get bigger, with new ones appearing in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Montana.
The state of Oregon, which has been the epicenter of wildfires in recent years, is reporting 2,732 fires this year.
More than 1,200 people have died from the fires, which have forced thousands of people from their homes.
More than 50 wildfires have been reported in Texas, including an explosion at the Exxon Valdez oil refinery in Gulfport.
“The fires have gotten much bigger, so we’re going to have to get to a point where we can’t put out more fires,” Lofe said.
“There’s a lot more of them now, and they’re getting bigger.”
Lofe added that Texas has seen some of the biggest fires in the US this year so far, with a total of 1,946 acres burned.
A new wildfire is burning in Alaska, and the fires have forced more than 400,000 people from homes.