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Firefighters struggle to contain wildfires in Texas Panhandle as wind threatens to further their spread

Posted on AllSides March 4th, 2024

Strong winds spread flames and prompted at least one evacuation while airplanes dropped fire retardant over the northern Texas Panhandle as firefighters worked to stop the largest wildfire in state history. As of Sunday afternoon, the Smokehouse Creek fire was 15% contained and two other fires were 60% contained. Authorities have not said what ignited the fires, but strong winds, dry grass and unseasonably warm temperatures fed the blazes. A cluster of fires has burned across more than 1,900 square miles in rural areas surrounding Amarillo, while the largest blaze...

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