Wildfires Continue Damage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters are claiming some progress in the battle against wildfires ravaging the Texas Panhandle.

The good news has been tempered by more deaths and the distress of evacuees returning to charred homes.

Authorities say they have begun to contain some of the wind-blown fires that burned more than one thousand square miles across the Panhandle and South Plains since Sunday.

The fires are blamed for eleven deaths, nine firefighter injuries and the destruction of numerous structures.

Firefighters have several major blazes to contend with. One 652,000-acre fire is 40 percent contained. Another wildfire has reached 45,000 acres and is 60 percent contained.

A forecaster says the weather the next couple of days may help.

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