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Wildfire grows into one of largest in Texas history

A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches.
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A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches.
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Damage is seen to a home burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Damage is seen to a home burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred vehicles sit at an auto body shop after the property was burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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Charred semi trucks are seen in an area burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.
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A charred residential fence remains while small fire still burns on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas. Many homes were completely destroyed by a wildfire across the Texas Panhandle.
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A residence is destroyed from a wild fire in Canadian, Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Several homes were destroyed by a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle
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A fireplace remains standing of a residence on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas. Several homes were lost due to a wildfire that raged across the Texas Panhandle.
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A residence still smolders on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas. A cluster of wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, including a blaze that grew into one of the largest in state history, as flames moved with alarming speed and blackened the landscape across a vast stretch of small towns and cattle ranches.
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Burned cars rest in Richard Murray's garage outside of Canadian, Texas Wednesday, Feb. 28, after a wildfire passed near Canadian, Texas. A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames.
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The ruins of a home smolder outside of Canadian, Texas Wednesday, Feb. 28, after a wildfire passed near Canadian, Texas. A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames.
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The remains of a burned home smolder in Canadian, Texas on Wednesday, Feb 28. A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames.
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A burned car rests near the charred remains of a home outside of Canadian, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 28, after a wildfire passed. A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames.
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CITY OF BORGER/HUTCHINSON COUNTY OEM

This aerial image provided by the City of Borger/Hutchinson County OEM shows homes damaged from a wildfire, Wednesday, Feb. 28.
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This aerial image provided by the City of Borger/Hutchinson County OEM shows property damaged from a wildfire, Wednesday, Feb. 28. On the right, running up the image, part of a 7-mile burn that the region cooperated on a few months back.
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Smoke rises from smoldering hay bales outside the town of Canadian, Texas on Wednesday, Feb 28. A fast-moving wildfire burning through the Texas Panhandle grew into the second-largest blaze in state history Wednesday, forcing evacuations and triggering power outages as firefighters struggled to contain the widening flames.

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