Smokehouse Creek fire spreads by 150 football fields per minute scorching 850,000 acres leaving burned homes and cattle in its wake


Important Takeaways:

  • Texas wildfires: 1 dead as more than 1 million acres burn across the state
  • As many as 23 separate wildfires covered more than a million acres across Texas early this morning, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
  • The state’s fire preparedness level was raised to a three, meaning outside help from other agencies, regions or states may be required to battle the blazes
  • The wildfire at Smokehouse Creek is only 3% contained and has covered 850,000 acres — making it bigger than Rhode Island — quickly making it the second-largest blaze in Texas history.
  • Wildfires, having moved east from the Texas Panhandle, were spreading in Oklahoma. At least 12 fires were burning in the state, covering more than 115,000 acres.
  • Conditions ripe for more fires are expected Saturday and Sunday. Heat and high winds — forecast to gust at 20 mph to 35 mph — will likely cause “critical fire weather conditions again,” the National Weather Service in Amarillo said.

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