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Texas towns evacuated as raging wildfires destroy homes

Published : Friday, 1 March, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 97

HOUSTON, Feb 29: Seven wildfires were raging in Texas, including one of the largest in recent state history, authorities said Wednesday, as properties were destroyed and multiple evacuation orders were issued, particularly in the north.
The Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas panhandle, a flat northern area known for its prairies and smattering of small towns, was listed as 3 percent contained by the Texas A&M Forest Service. The enormous blaze has already scorched some 850,000 acres (344,000 hectares) -- an area approximately half the size of the state of Delaware.
Following harsh winds and unseasonably warm temperatures, the state was tracking 25 wildfires, 18 of which were contained as of Wednesday afternoon.
Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared a state of disaster for 60 counties, while blazes near the northern city of Amarillo temporarily caused the shutdown of a nuclear weapons plant.    —AFP

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