(NBC News) Evacuations have been ordered in six North Carolina mountain counties as at least 20 wildfires continue to burn.
The grueling fight against the fires now involves fire crews from five states.
Relentless drought and record heat in the Southeast have made conditions all too ripe for fire.
In all, tens of thousands of acres have burned in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama, with arson being the suspected cause in the majority of the blazes.
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