Texas Panhandle fire prompts town evacuation; Governor Abbott declares disaster for affected counties.

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A MASSIVE wildfire has completely surrounded the town of Canadian, TX and is expected to enter the town imminently.

At least 77,135 acres were scorched by 13 wildfires in Texas Monday, according to the forest service. The majority of the damage was done by four fires in the state’s Panhandle: the Smokehouse Creek Fire, the Grape Vine Creek Fire, the Windy Deuce Fire and the Juliet Pass Fire.

All four fires were still burning Tuesday, but three remained difficult to contain as erratic fire behavior – driven by gusty winds of 40 to 60 mph – challenged firefighters.

As of Tuesday afternoon, these fires are:

Smokehouse Creek Fire: 100,000 acres burned (0% contained)
Grape Vine Creek Fire: 30,000 acres burned (20% contained)
Windy Deuce Fire: 8,000 acres burned (20% contained)

Here are some homes there:

A massive blaze that’s raging out of control is threatening Texas Panhandle towns and forcing residents to evacuate.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the region, has exploded to 200,000 acres since igniting Monday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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The blaze, driven by gusty winds and fueled by dry, unseasonably warm conditions, is moving incredibly rapidly and remains 0% contained.

Breaking News: A colossal wildfire has entirely encircled the town of Canadian, TX, with expectations that it will breach the town’s boundaries at any moment.

All exit routes have been sealed off, leaving an undetermined number of residents unable to escape.

The situation appears to be extremely dire.

Wildfire in Texas in the process of burning Fritch, Texas to the ground
It has entered the town of Fritch, and structures are on fire.

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AUSTIN, Texas (KVII) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a disaster declaration for 60 counties, including all 26 counties in the Panhandle on Tuesday.

The declaration may be extended to more counties if conditions warrant.

Abbott also directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to activate additional state emergency response resources to support local firefighters battling the multiple fires burning.

“I issued a disaster declaration today to ensure critical fire response resources are swiftly deployed to areas in the Texas Panhandle being impacted by devastating wildfires,” said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas stands ready to provide support to our local partners and deploy all resources needed to protect our fellow Texans and their property. Hot and dry conditions caused by high temperatures and windy conditions are expected to continue in the region in the coming days. These conditions could increase the potential for these wildfires to grow larger and more dangerous. Texans are urged to limit activities that could create sparks and take precautions to keep their loved ones safe. I also want to thank the brave firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly to protect their fellow Texans.”


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