Texas Wildfires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters weary from battling wildfires that scorched 840,000 acres in the Panhandle are bracing for possible strong winds today.

McLean Fire Chief Clifford McDonald says the winds could ignite smoldering embers across the region. He says they're preparing for
the worst.

Meteorologists predict winds gusting up to 40 miles-per-hour on the fourth day since the fires erupted.

John Cockrell of the National Weather Service says the wind danger will not be as explosive as it was Sunday. Humidity will be higher -- with even a slight chance of rain approaching in the weekend forecast.

Eleven people have died and numerous structures have been destroyed by the flames. Preliminary estimates put the number of horses and cattle killed by the wildfires at 10,000.

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