Texas wildfire is now largest in state history

by ian

 

Wildfires that broke out on Monday in Texas have since become one of the largest U.S. wildfires in recent history.

Leading the devastation is the Smokehouse Creek Fire, which now burns across 1.1 million acres. That blaze is now the most destructive wildfire in state history and the largest blaze the state has had in nearly 20 years.

According to firefighters, it’s not contained. It’s only one of five active fires that emergency responders are fighting in the Texas Panhandle. The fires have left behind the charred remains of homes and farms.

According to one report, the heat has even melted lampposts and split power line posts. So far there’s been one death reported – an elderly former substitute teacher.

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