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Wildfires Burn More Than 1,000 Homes in Texas, California [VIDEO]

Dozens of wildfires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Texas and California in the past week.

Fueled by drought conditions and wind gusts from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, the massive Bastrop County Complex fire east of Austin is the most destructive fire of the year, Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd said. Despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters, the blaze has grown to 30,000 acres and is still uncontained.

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Fireworks Issue Not An Issue…So Far

I really expected this past weekend to be more eventful.  I'm glad it was not.  I really did expect someone to fire off a rocket and burn half the town to ground.  Why?  Because, in most cases, I would

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
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Burn Bans Expanding As Drought Worsens

Few Texas counties are not under a burn ban at this time.  The threat of wildfire is so severe that these counties are also banning the use of fireworks.  On Monday's "Rise and Shine" program, Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemmons said violators would not be ticketed, they'd be arrested.  Offic

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Photo by Aaron Galloway-Townsquare Media
Photo by Aaron Galloway-Townsquare Media
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Fire Danger Remains High

Thousands of acres burned over the weekend in Clay County.  More fires burned in Throckmorton County as well.  Area volunteer departmets are taxed to their limits and the long term forecasts don't hold much promise for relief

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Photo: Courtesy of Ed Dulaney
Photo: Courtesy of Ed Dulaney
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Texas Wildfires: Mapped!

How many fires are there and where are they?  Smoke from the Possum Kingdom fire was so strong in Wichita Falls last night, folks were calling the WFFD to report the smell, thinking something in their own neighborhoods was ablaze

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Firefighers Hold Mass Wildfire Training Drill
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Wildfire Updates – Wichita Falls Fire Battle Continues

Wild fire UPDATEs (4/15/11 4:39pm):
-Residents in the Iowa Park and Kamay areas are being asked to prepare to evacuate.
-Wichita Falls Spokesman Barry Levy Says the fire near Missile Rd. has been contained.

-Archer County: 4

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