Wildfire Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Texas wind is driving the governor to the Panhandle.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to visit the burning part of his state today. He plans a news conference after his tour.

Texas wildfires, fanned by 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts, have scorched nearly a (m) million acres. Authorities say the fires northeast of Amarillo moved 40 miles farther to the northeast yesterday and are nearing the Oklahoma border.

Texas officials have urged residents in six small towns in Lipscomb County to evacuate, but the order isn't mandatory.

Eleven people have died since the fires flared and officials estimate ten-thousand horses and cows have been killed.

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