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Explosive Texas fire more than doubles in size as it threatens towns and forces evacuations

Posted on AllSides February 27th, 2024
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An out-of-control wildfire is threatening Texas Panhandle towns and forcing residents to evacuate. The Smokehouse Creek Fire more than doubled in size, scorching more than 100,000 acres of land since igniting Monday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The blaze is being driven by gusty winds and fueled by dry, unseasonably warm conditions. It’s moving so rapidly it’s burning through nearly a football field of ground per second. Evacuations were ordered early Tuesday afternoon for parts of Hemphill and Roberts counties as the fire encroached on populated areas....

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