Numbers: Sep. 10, 2001

$1.78 Average price of regular gasoline in Illinois

$1.35 Average price of regular gasoline in Illinois a month ago, before a surprise late-summer spurt

2.9 million acres of U.S. forests that have burned so far this year

8.4 million acres that burned last year, still a record

Sources: New York Times; aaa.com forestinformation.com

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