Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Texas wildfires out of control, disaster declaration issued, evacuation orders

A fast-moving wildfire fueled by dry and unseasonably warm conditions spread in the Texas Panhandle Tuesday afternoon, burning more than 250,000 acres, prompting evacuation orders, closing roads and enveloping much of the region in black smoke.

The US state of Texas issued a disaster declaration Tuesday as massive wildfires continued to burn out of control, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties in the panhandle.
"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," Abbott said in a statement.

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