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TEXAS, USA — UPDATE (10 a.m. Feb. 29): Fires across Texas have grown to more than 1 million acres, as of Thursday morning, according to the latest update from the Texas A&M Forest Service. 

The Smokehouse Creek Fire is now an estimated 1.07 million acres. The forest service said Thursday the fire environment will be cooler across the Panhandle where multiple large fires are established. Fire activity will not be as resistant to suppression efforts Thursday compared to Monday and Tuesday. 

Active wildfires, as of Thursday morning:  

  • Smokehouse Creek Fire, Hutchinson County – est. 1,075,000 acres, 3% contained; *the 687 Reamer Fire has burned into the Smokehouse Creek Fire and is now included in the total acres.
  • Windy Deuce Fire, Moore County – est. 142,000 acres, 30% contained
  • Magenta Fire, Oldham County – est. 2,500 acres, 65% contained
  • Grape Vine Creek Fire, Gray County …

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