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2011 was the driest year on record in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and…

Fresh crews, light winds help fight Texas wildfires

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – More than a thousand firefighters, aided by lighter winds, on Saturday began to beat back raging wildfires that have scorched Texas for the past six days torching 1,600 homes and killing four people. “We’ve had quite a bit of success today,” Bill Paxton of the Texas…

Texas wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

Wildfires destroyed at least 500 homes across Texas by Tuesday as authorities raced to evacuate residents and firefighters battled some of the worst blazes in the state’s history. The fires have been fanned by winds from a tropical depression that hit the southern United States over the weekend and have…

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