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"This has been a little above normal," Wamack said.

Fires burning across the country are monitored in Boise. A map with red flags represents a fire burning somewhere in the country, and the map has a lot of red flags. Most of the fires are in the west.

Bill Kaage, the Wildland Fire Director National Parks Service, says fire activity has been high.

"It's Colorado's turn and the Rocky Mountain interior, because Wyoming is in play and eastern Utah," Kaage said. "It shifted north of where it was last year."

On the first day of July they saw 126 new fires flare up. This season, 52 large fires have already burned more than 900,000 acres.

It's a summer of stress for firefighting personal. When local departments need help, the Boise center starts calling fire fighters from around the country.

"Each area has enough for their initial attack capabilities," Wamack said. "When those areas exceed those capabilities, we move resources around to meet their needs."

They also send the equipment fire fighters will use. Everything from hose to remote weather stations are stored, cleaned, fixed and shipped where it's needed. And they have been shipping a lot of gear.

Steve Jenkins, the director of the National Radio Support Cache, says shelves normally packed with radios are now about empty.

"Normally we have in the neighborhood of 1,500 [radios]," Jenkins said. "It's probably the first time in 38 years we have had this much equipment out this early in the year."

Many of the biggest fires have been burning in Colorado. That's where a lot of resources from around the country have been going.

"We feel the pressure when we have large urban interface fires, because they demand a lot more assets," Wamack said.

The good news: Colorado is due for some moisture relief. Weather experts at the center say they are seeing monsoonal moisture flowing up out of Mexico into the Rocky Mountains and Front Range.

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