Wildfires ravage parts of Texas and Oklahoma, forcing evacuations


(NewsNation) – Wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma have ravaged the southwestern part of the country in the past two days, prompting evacuations as drought and warmer weather brought on by climate change increase the danger of forest fires.

Texas Mandatory Evacuation Order was lifted Wednesday after reaching about 10% containment, even as the threat of fires remained high, local authorities reported.

The warrant was issued after chalk mountain A North Texas wildfire on Tuesday night — the largest active wildfire in Texas at the time — burned about 9 square miles and destroyed at least a dozen structures, Texas A&M Forest Services said.

It was unclear how many of the structures were homes, Forest Service spokeswoman Mary Leathers said, but estimates indicate at least 6,000 acres were blackened.

Additionally, the National Weather Service issued a red flag fire warning and excessive heat warnings for western and eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday as the Blaine County wildfire, which started last Thursday, burned thousands of hectares.

local authorityyoureported About eight homes were evacuated Wednesday evening in the southeast part of Mangum, Oklahoma, requiring air support to fight the flames.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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