wildlife refuge burns 20,000 acres North Carolina
Dry thunderstorms spark more fires in West Texas
Okefenokee fire nears 72,000 acres as it burns toward Florida
Wildfires prompt evacuations in 2
communities New Mexico
Historic month for wild weather in US
May 10, 2011 - 4:27PM AP
April included an odd mix of downpours, droughts and wildfires.
Six states -
Add to a record 305 tornadoes from April 25-28, which killed at least 309 people and the most tornadoes ever for all of April: 1875.
US scientists also looked for the fingerprints of global warming and La Nina on last month's deadly tornadoes, but could find no evidence to blame those often-cited weather phenomena.
Some parts of
Bayous, cattle ponds and farm fields are drying up, and residents are living under constant threat of wildfires, which have already burnt across thousands of square kilometres.
Grass is so dry it crunches underfoot in many places and some ranchers are culling their herds to avoid paying supplemental feed costs.