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Multiple wildfires burn more than 240,000 acres in Texas Panhandle

Four major wildfires that began amid Monday’s red flag alert conditions by Tuesday had prompted numerous evacuations and engulfed more than 240,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, with little chance of slowing soon any time soon.

The largest of the fires, Smokehouse Creek in Stinnett, has singlehandedly burned more than 200,000 acres, doubling from 100,000 Tuesday morning and is zero percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a request for assistance in Hutchinson County on the Hutchinson 0317 Fire

Grapevine Creek, just southeast of Pampa, has burned 30,000 acres and is 15% contained; Windy Deuce along Lake Meredith in Fritch has burned 8,000 acres and is 20% contained; Juliet Pass near Claude has burned 3,000 acres and is 90% contained.

Officials across the affected region are urging residents to relocate.

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