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Battling wildfires in Texas

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Battling wildfires in Texas

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Dallas (CNN) — Texas firefighters today battled blazes that have scorched over one million acres and have been burning for more than a week, according to the Texas Forest Service.
“We’re actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We’ve got it in west Texas, in east Texas, in north Texas, in south Texas — it’s all over the state,” Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor said. “We’ve got one in the Dallas area that’s four fires that have actually merged together.”
Saginor said firefighters from 34 states are now in Texas battling blazes that, over the past two weeks, have destroyed more than 170 homes.
“Some (fires) are over 100 000 acres and they’ve been burning for over a week, so that’s our priority right now,” Saginor said, “to put out the big ones.”
“The state of Texas is under siege,” Saginor said. “Wildfire is dangerous and it’s threatening homes, lives and property on a daily basis. We caution residents to take this threat seriously and heed the call of their local authorities when told to evacuate.”