Texas Wildfires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wildfires are racing across the Texas Panhandle, gobbling up more than half-a-(m)-million acres of land.

At least seven people have died and there are numerous evacuations. A Texas fire official calls it one of the worst fire-days in the state's history.

Four of the victims were killed in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 40 east of Groom as smoke obscured the road. Three others died in fires near Borger, northeast of Amarillo.

The fires scorched more than 663-thousand acres, an area about two-thirds the size of Rhode Island -- bigger than the ones that prompted a statewide drought disaster in January.

Early Monday, flames from fires burning in the Panhandle were visible from Interstate 40 and fallen trees smoldered in roadside ravines.

New Mexico wildfires have burned over 70-thousand acres.

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