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Snow falls as Texas battles historic wildfires

A dusting of snow covered a desolate landscape of scorched prairie, dead cattle and burned out homes in the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, giving firefighters brief relief in their desperate efforts to corral a blaze that has grown into the largest in state history.
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A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history. Authorities say the Smokehouse Creek fire grew Thursday to nearly 1,700 square miles of scorched rural ranchlands and destroyed homes.
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A burnt yucca plant stands off Highway 83 on Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas.
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Electrical crews rebuild power poles on state Highway 33, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas.
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A business was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history.
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Snow covers a home that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 29. The wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday, as a dusting of snow covered scorched grassland, dead cattle and burned out homes and gave firefighters a brief window of relief in desperate efforts to corral the blaze.
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Snow covers a home that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 29. The wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday, as a dusting of snow covered scorched grassland, dead cattle and burned out homes and gave firefighters a brief window of relief in desperate efforts to corral the blaze.
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Snow covers a home that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 29. The wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday, as a dusting of snow covered scorched grassland, dead cattle and burned out homes and gave firefighters a brief window of relief in desperate efforts to corral the blaze.
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Clean up continues at a home destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history.
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Classmates and friends help clean up at the Sanchez residence that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history.
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Morgan Brady helps clean up at the Sanchez residence that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history.
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Classmates and friends help clean up at the Sanchez residence that was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Canadian, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle has become the largest in state history.
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A member of the Texas A&M Forest Service surveys a home destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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A fire official from Lubbock, Texas, helps put out smoldering debris of a home destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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Fire officials from Lubbock, Texas, help put out smoldering debris of a home destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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Snow covers a charred vehicle on a property destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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Charred remains are visible after a property was destroyed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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An animal hangs from a barbed wire fence as snow covers a field burned by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Stinnett, Texas.
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Firefighters work through rubble of burned homes from the Smokehouse Creek fire in Stinnett, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 29. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday, as a dusting of snow covered scorched prairie, dead cattle and burned out homes and gave firefighters a brief window of relief in desperate efforts to corral the blaze.
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Snow covers a cow killed by the Smokehouse Creek Fire, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Fritch, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday.
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A vehicle travels southbound on a snow-covered Texas Route 136, Thursday, Feb. 29, in Amarillo, Texas. A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday.
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Charred tree trunks smolder after the Smokehouse Creek Fire burned through the area Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Canadian, Texas.

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