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Texas wildfires kill 4, force evacuations while charring over 300,000 acres


Firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Amarillo, Texas, and surrounding areas in the panhandle.

According to KFDA-TV in Amarillo, three people died in Gray County while they were trying to save cattle in the area. Some cattle did not make it through the fire. KAMR reported that a fourth fatality was reported in Lipscomb County.

Reports from the Texas A&M Forest Service said the Perryton Fire located in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties in the Texas Panhandle is an estimated 295,680 acres in size. The fire has skirted south of the city of Higgins as of 11:58 a.m CST Tuesday.

Texas A&M Forest Service has been on the scene with ground resources working in conjunction with local resources. Two homes have been reported as destroyed.

The Dumas Complex Fire near the city of Amarillo, Texas, is 75 percent contained, leaving an estimated 25,000 acres burning as of 11:58 a.m. CST Tuesday.

Governor Greg Abbott activated state resources to help combat the fires. Air attack aircraft was assigned and two single-engine airtankers have made fire retardant drops on the fire Monday evening. State fire marshals are investigating the cause of the wildfire and the four fatalities.

The combination of strong winds, dry air and dormant vegetation in the central United States will continue raise the risk of brush fires into midweek.