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Cold Front Delivers Relief for Fire Crews on Ground in Texas Panhandle Wildfires

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A cold front that pushed through northern Texas on Monday brought a significant amount of relief to crews fighting the deadly Texas Pandhandle wildfires that have been ravaging this part of the state over the last week.

Here is the latest on the efforts to bring the fires under control as well as a look at how the extreme weather event has impacted the state's cattle industry.

Cold Front Brings Relief to Crews Battling Texas Panhandle Wildfires

The recent wildfires in the Lone Star State have been fueled by unseasonably warm temperatures and high winds. However, the arrival of Monday's cold front for Texas is lending a helping hand to weary crews batting the blazes. The calmer conditions were forecast to last through the day Tuesday, negating the critical fire conditions that have helped the flames to spread.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire is the largest blaze currently burning. As of early Tuesday, the fire had torched over 1 million acres and is only about 15% contained. This blaze has been responsible for at least two fatalities since it got its start on February 26.

According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the fires have destroyed as many as 500 homes and businesses. This number is likely to rise as assessments to the damage continue. The flames and smoke have prevented many survey crews from getting a good handle on the damage.

A new fire ignited on Sunday, prompting evacuations in Hutchinson County, Texas. The Roughneck Fire has incinerated about 300 acres. The good news is that the crews have been able to achieve about 50% containment on this fire.

In addition to the Roughneck Fire and the Smokehouse Creek Fire, the Windy Deuce Fire burning in Moore County has scorched over 144,000 acres and is approximately 55% contained, according to the latest report from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Meanwhile, the Grape Vine Creek Fire in Gray County has burned about 35,000 acres with a containment level of 60%. Lastly, the Magenta Fire in Oldham County is almost entirely contained after torching over 3,300 acres.



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