Emergencies: Forest fires rage in Texas – governor warns residents

Emergencies
Forest fires rage in Texas – governor warns residents

The fire department is fighting several rapidly spreading forest fires in the US state of Texas. photo

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Residents in southern Texas are forced to flee. Forest fires are raging in the north of the US state. The situation could get even worse: strong winds fan the flames.

The fire department is fighting several rapidly spreading outbreaks in the US state of Texas Forest fires. Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 60 communities so that aid could be better coordinated centrally.

The fires in the north of the state threatened inhabited areas that had to be evacuated. “Texans are urged to limit activities that could generate sparks and take precautions to ensure the safety of their loved ones,” the governor warned.

The flames are fanned by strong winds. Abbott expects weather conditions in the region will not improve in the coming days – and the wildfires could become even larger and more dangerous.

According to media reports, the fire has burned more than 780 square kilometers of land in 24 hours and is spreading quickly. The small Texas town of Canadian near the border with the state of Oklahoma is particularly at risk. “It looks like the end of the world. All the trees are covered in white ash,” a shopkeeper in the city told CNN.

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