Rapidly expanding Texas wildfires prompt evacuations

The Smokehouse Creek Fire in Hutchinson County is officially the largest fire in Texas history, now covering an estimated 1,075,000 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The fire, only 3% contained as of this morning, earned the title of second-largest in state history after an update yesterday revealed it was already covering 850,000 acres of land.

The East Amarillo Complex Fire in 2006, which clocked in at 907,245 acres, previously held the title of largest fire in Texas history.

KILLEEN, Texas (Feb. 29, 2024) – The City of Killeen Fire Department has deployed six firefighters and three vehicles to help battle the second largest wildfire in the state’s history. https://www.killeentexas.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2142

Officials are hoping the forecasted cooler temperatures, decreased winds and possible rain today will help with containment. A cause has not been confirmed.

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