Update: One death attributed to the wildfires, acreage now 88,000. Read here.
Wildfires are burning throughout rain starved Texas. The largest is the 71,000 acre Swenson Fire burning in West Texas, north of Aspermont between Lubbock and Abilene.
Reuters reports up to 5 unoccupied structures have burned and nearly 200 head of cattle have been claimed by flames.
Lubbock Online adds winds will gust to 40 mph today as a cold front pushes into the region. Monday will see cooler temperatures and diminishing winds.
From the Texas Forest Service;
–COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Wildfire weather conditions on Sunday could shape up to be among the worst in Texas history.With the weather in control, local emergency responders and state agencies ready for extremely active wildfire activity in West, Central and North Texas, ranging from Wichita Falls to San Angelo to Big Bend, to include all of the Panhandle. Extreme wildfire weather is also forecast for the area west of I-35.Key weather factors include pervasive drought conditions, sustained winds of 30 – 35 mph – gusting up to 50 mph, high temperatures ...
Below is some impressive video of fire near Midland. This scene is being played out throughout the state.
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