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Texas battles its second-largest wildfire on record

Al Jazeera See this story on our app VIEW IN APP Skip links Skip to Content LIVE Sign in In Pictures Gallery|Climate Crisis Texas battles its second-largest wildfire on record Wildfires are burning northern Panhandle, whipped up by fierce winds and hot, dry temperatures. A fire truck driving towards the Smokehouse Creek fire, near Amarillo, in the Texas Panhandle. [Greenville Professional Firefighters Association/Handout via AFP] Published On 29 Feb 202429 Feb 2024 Wildfires have been raging across the US state of Texas, as firefighters struggled to control one of the largest blazes in state history, which has destroyed property and prompted evacuations. The Smokehouse Creek fire in Texas’s Panhandle, a flat northern area known for its prairies and smattering of small towns, was listed as only 3 percent contained by the Texas A&M Forest Service. An 83-year-old grandmother was confirmed dead, but with flames still menacing a wide area, authorities have yet to conduct a thorough search for victims or tally the numerous homes and other structures damaged or destroyed.

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