In Ohio, more than two dozen counties are dealing with more than 100 wildfires that have burned more than 400 square miles of land and have killed at least six people.
In most of the counties, the fires have burned along roadways, roadsides and in forested areas.
Most of the fires are being put out by the National Weather Service, but several are in the air and are likely to burn out before the end of the year, according to the National Park Service.
The fires are not under control in most counties.
But if the weather is good, some officials say, they might be able to reduce the number of fires.
“I’m optimistic that there are some areas where we can reduce the fire risk.
That’s what we’ve been working on,” said Gary O’Brien, a Forest Service spokesman in Ohio.
One of the more dangerous fires is in central Ohio, near the village of Licking Creek.
The fire in the area has burned nearly 400 acres, and officials are considering whether to put out a second one.
Officials said a lightning strike Wednesday morning put the blaze out in about two hours, but they are still working to contain the blaze.
Ohio’s governor, Ted Strickland, has ordered all state agencies to limit outdoor activity to one-third of the prescribed hours.
That means firefighters must wear masks and wear face masks.
Officials in Ohio have asked that any fires that threaten people to come within 10 feet of the nearest person.
This article was originally published by The Washington Post and is republished here with permission.