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Texas faces its second-largest wildfire on record

The fire has spread over 1,300 square miles and reached parts of the neighboring state of Oklahoma.

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Texas faces its second-largest wildfire on record
Aerial view of wildfires in Texas. [Patrick Ryan via Reuters]

WASHINGTON, 1 March: Hundreds of properties have been destroyed as a result of devastating wildfires raging in Texas.

Due to the widespread of the fire, the authorities have not yet conducted a formal search operation to get information about the victims and damaged properties.

The fire has spread over 1,300 square miles and reached parts of the neighboring state of Oklahoma.

The state’s largest wildfire was the 2006 East Amarillo Fire, which spread over 1,400 square miles and killed 13 people.

Gusts of wind pushed the flames higher in the air, and because of the heavy smoke, authorities have yet to conduct an aerial survey of the area.

Officials have not yet revealed the cause of the fire but said dry grass, high winds and extreme temperatures fueled the blaze.

The 1,300 people in Borger community had already been notified by authorities via Facebook to evacuate the area due to the threat of fire.

The weather forecast has expressed hope for firefighters by predicting mild, cold weather and possible rain on Thursday.

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