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Texas Wildfire Burns Historic 1 Million Acres

Texas Wildfire Burns Historic 1 Million Acres

The Texas Smokehouse Creek Fire has grown to more than 1 million acres, making it the largest wildfire in the state’s history. 

According to fire officials, It is just 3% contained. 

“Wind was coming straight out of the north and made just this massive wall of fire moving across the landscape,” Texas A&M Forest Service spokesperson Adam Turner said Wednesday.

The fire has also burned at least 31,590 acres in Oklahoma as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Service.

In Texas and Oklahoma, the Smokehouse Creek Fire has already scorched about 900,000 acres – larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. 

One death has also been reported in Northern Texas, an 83-year-old woman. 

“The house was gone,” her grandson, Nathan Blankenship, said. “There was no way she could’ve gotten out.”

In Hemphill County alone, 400,000 acres are burned, scores of homes have been destroyed and thousands of cattle have died, Hemphill County AgriLife Extension agent Andy Holloway said.

At least 13 homes have been destroyed in Oklahoma, a state emergency spokesperson told CNN. 

Gov. Kevin Stitt has activated emergency response teams. “As we keep a close eye on wildfires across the state, the safety of our fellow Oklahomans is the top priority,” he posted on X.

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