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Raging wildfires engulf Texas panhandle

At least one particular person has died within the wildfires raging throughout the Texas Panhandle.

83-year-old Joyce Blankenship, a former substitute instructor, was discovered useless in her destroyed home in Hutchinson County, officers stated.

The Smokehouse Creek hearth is now the most important in state historical past, burning 1,075,000 acres alone, in keeping with the Texas A&M Forest Service. It is now the second-largest hearth in US historical past, native hearth officers stated, and greater than 5 occasions the dimensions of New York City.

“This is now both the largest and most destructive fire in Texas History,” the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook. “It is also the second largest wildfire in US History.”

Five wildfires are at the moment spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle, burning greater than 1.2m acres of land in whole. These fires prompted evacuations and destroyed dozens of houses.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a catastrophe declaration for 60 counties on Tuesday because the fires grew.

In Potter County, the unfold of the Windy Deuce hearth prompted the Pantex Plant — America’s fundamental facility for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons — to briefly shut on Tuesday evening. The plant resumed regular operations Wednesday morning.

Dry and windy circumstances amid unseasonably heat temperatures fuelled these fires.

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SEE IT: Snow blankets newly-burned areas of Hutchinson County

Firefighters extinguish flames in Hutchinson County

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Snow covers a scorched panorama and a cow who died amid the blaze in Fritch, Texas

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A scorched house coated in snow in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 21:00

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SEE IT: Infrared satellite tv for pc picture exhibits Texas fires burning

Infrared satellite tv for pc imagery exhibits burned space in Texas Panhandle on Wednesday

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 20:41

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Volunteers main firefighting efforts in some Panhandle cities

A Hutchinson County official reminded residents that some cities within the Panhandle are being protected against fires by volunteer-based departments.

“I want to kind of reiterate in Fritch and Stinnett, both are volunteer-based fire departments,” a spokesperson with the Hutchinson County Office of Emergency Management stated Thursday afternoon. “So these people do not have to do that. That’s them just doing what they feel like they need to do for their community.”

Both cities had been hit arduous by the fires scorching 1.2m acres within the Texas Panhandle this week.

Firefighters put out flames in Stinnett, Texas, which was blanketed with snow on Thursday morning

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 20:19

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Texas wildfires: Map of blazes ravaging the Panhandle

The Smokehouse Creek hearth is now the most important in state historical past because it burns 1,075,000 acres alone, in keeping with the Texas A&M Forest Service. It stays simply 3 per cent contained.

Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 20:00

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Joyce Blankenship, 83, was discovered useless in her Stinnett, Texas house on Wednesday as wildfires ravaged the area. She was a beloved mom, grandmother and former substitute instructor, say her relations.

Blankenship’s grandson, Lee Quesada, instructed the Associated Press that native deputies instructed his uncle that they had discovered her stays in her burned house on Wednesday.

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 19:40

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Fires knock out energy in Panhandle counties

Nearly 1,000 houses are with out energy in Hemphill County, the place the Smokehouse Creek hearth is devastating town of Canadian, Texas, in keeping with PowerOutage.us.

Meanwhile, practically 500 houses are with out energy in Hutchinson County, the place each Smokehouse Creek and the much-smaller 687 Reamer fires are primarily burning.

A phone pole burns in Canadian, Texas

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 19:20

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SEE IT: Destruction from largest hearth in state historical past in Canadian, Texas

A phone pole burns in Canadian, Texas

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Homes destroyed in Canadian, Texas

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A burned automotive pictured in Canadian, Texas

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 19:00

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Charred houses, blackened earth after Texas city revisited by damaging wildfire 10 years later

The small city of Fritch is once more choosing by the rubble of a Texas wildfire, a decade after one other damaging blaze burned a whole bunch of houses and left deep scars within the Panhandle group.

Residents in and round Fritch and different rural cities fled for security Tuesday afternoon as excessive winds whipped the flames into residential areas and thru cattle ranches.

Fritch Mayor Tom Ray stated on Wednesday the city’s northern edge was hit by a devastating wildfire in 2014, whereas this week’s blaze burned largely to the south of the city, sparing the residents who reside within the coronary heart of the group.

Associated Press29 February 2024 18:40

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ICYMI: Watch as flies over apocalyptic wildfire raging in Texas on Tuesday

Plane flies over apocalyptic wildfire raging in Texas close to nuclear weapons facility

Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 18:20

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SEE IT: Snow blankets newly-burned areas of Hutchinson County

A light-weight dusting of snow now blankets elements of Hutchinson County that had been on hearth only a day in the past.

A scorched house coated in snow in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday

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Snow covers a scorched panorama and a cow who died amid the blaze in Fritch, Texas

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A scorched automotive sits below a blanket of snow in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday

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Katie Hawkinson29 February 2024 18:00

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