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Texas 2011 Drought Killed As Many As Half A Billion Trees

We do things bigger in Texas. Unfortunately this applies to droughts too.  The drought that plagued us last summer is being blamed for the death of up to half a billion trees.

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Texas Officials Call for Additional Help as Wildfires Spread [VIDEO]

Forest service officials are calling on firefighters from outside agencies to help battle fast-moving wildfires in Texas. In the past week, the fires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

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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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South Texas Wildfires Destroy Over 700 Homes Near Austin [VIDEO]

Here in the panhandle we have had our bouts with wildfires this year. Now down south, they are dealing with a huge fire that is, at this point, zero percent contained. It is apparent that the drought conditions across the state, are the perfect setting for wildfires to spread.

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Grass Fires Leave Amarillo Area Scorched And Smoldering

This weeks fires have left the Amarillo landscape changed, at least for a while. Huge areas are scorched and smoldering after fires have raged in the area. Residents were evacuated from LaPaloma and the surrounding area yesterday as fires threatened that community. For now, everything has calmed down. But with no rain in sight, Amarillo is still in a high fire threat.

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Firefighers Hold Mass Wildfire Training Drill
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Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of Palo Duro Canyon South Of Amarillo [VIDEO]

Little rain and high winds make for dangerous situations in the Texas Panhandle. The extremely dry conditions have the risk of wildfires in the red. Yesterday is just another instance of a fire that sends people fleeing and wondering what's next. Use caution whenever you are planning outdoor events and especially when smoking outdoors.

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The Station Wild Fire Spreads To Over 100,000 Acres North Of Los Angeles
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Wildfire on IH-40 Causing Delays

To help our listeners/visitors we want in inform you that there is a Wildfire on IH-40 between MM 126 and 135 near Groom.

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Wildfire Donations Being Accepted At All Toot N Totums

Toot N Totum is taking donations through Sunday to help the victims of the Wildfire.

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