Official: Texas will fight wildfires for 2 months

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas official says the state will battle wildfires for as long as two months because of drought conditions around the state.

Steve Deffibaugh with the Texas Forest Service said firefighters welcomed the relief Saturday of calmer winds as they fought several blazes in a wide area about 150 miles west of Dallas.

The fires destroyed dozens of homes, forced hundreds of evacuations and killed one firefighter Friday when they raged out control fed by strong winds and parched brush.

Deffibaugh says the sense of urgency will remain "until we get a significant amount of rain."

The forest service says it has responded to 95 fires burning more than 700,000 acres in the past week.

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