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Unprecedented wildfire ravages Texas panhandle
USAgNet - 03/04/2024

North Texas is currently battling an unprecedented wildfire that has set a record as the state's largest, with over 1 million acres scorched, surpassing the previous 2017 record. This devastating fire has claimed two lives and caused significant damage, including the loss of approximately 10,000 head of cattle, as reported by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Property damages are estimated to be around $23 million, with the STAR Fund, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and other relief programs aiding affected residents. The Texas A&M Forest Service warns of continued fire risks, advising residents to remain cautious, especially with the forecast predicting warmer, drier, and windier conditions.

The community is rallying to support those affected, with resources available through various agencies. As assessments continue, the full extent of the damage is yet to be realized, highlighting the importance of emergency preparedness and resource allocation for recovery efforts. This historic wildfire serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of wildfires and the need for comprehensive fire management and prevention strategies.

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