There are 21 sizable wildfires burning across Oregon and Washington . The season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.

Twelve of the wildfires are burning in Oregon and nine in Washington, with close to half a million acres are ablaze at one time.

Carol Connolly, a fire information officer at the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, said it's one of the busiest seasons in the past 10 years.

"What makes this really unique this year is how many we have at once," Connolly said.

And, she added, "the complexity level of managing 21 large fires in Oregon and Washington, is nothing like what we've experienced before."

She said that across the states, about 8,500 people are fighting fires.

"Acreage totals for the season exceed 1 million acres. The highest record we had prior to this year was in 2012 where we hit 1.2 million acres," Connolly said. "We're on track to set a new record for the amount of fires and the acreage on fire."

The cooler weather passing through the two states is helping the situation.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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