Wildfires raging in the Panhandle are now the focus of a state wide fire fighting effort. So far, the fires have scorched 663,000 acres. The Tradewind Amarillo Service Center is the command post for coordinating fire fighters. The state has responded to 162 fires in Carson, Childress, Gray, Hartley, Hutchinson, Moore and Wheeler counties. The fires have forced evacuation of 1,911 Texans. There are currently eleven major fires still burning 530,000 acres in the Panhandle. The fires have claimed the lives of three persons in Hutchinson County and four in Gray County.
Xcel Energy is still working to restore power to more than 500 rural homes and businesses. More than 270 poles were destroyed in the fires and it could be up to three weeks before service is restored.
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