Satellite images show devastation of Texas wildfires

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The Smokehouse Creek Fire became nan largest successful authorities history Thursday.

The largest earlier had been nan East Amarillo Fire of 2006, which was astir 907,000 acres, according to statistic from nan Texas A&M Forest Service, which is simply a authorities agency.

Among nan different fires presently burning is nan Windy Deuce Fire successful Moore County, which is astir 144,000 acres, officials said. It was 55% contained Monday.

The Grape Vine Creek Fire successful Gray County was 34,882 acres and 60% contained.

Temperatures successful nan region were forecast to summation this week, but past a acold beforehand is apt to bring a chance of precipitation starting Friday, nan National Weather Service successful Amarillo said.

The moisture successful nan writer has increased, nan Texas A&M Forest Service said successful an update Monday, meaning it will beryllium easier to conflict nan fires.

"Overall, pain conditions are markedly improved from yesterday’s upwind and nan expertise to conflict occurrence connected nan crushed is greatly enhanced," nan agency said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration because of nan fires, and a petition for assistance from nan Federal Emergency Management Agency has been approved.

President Joe Biden said precocious past week that FEMA will guarantee that Texas, arsenic good Oklahoma, will beryllium reimbursed for firefighting efforts.

Federal thief has included 500 national unit successful Texas, including complete 100 national firefighters, “and much are connected nan way,” Biden said Friday successful Brownsville. Aircraft and different instrumentality person besides been sent.