Largest Wildfire in Texas History Continues

March 4, 2024

More than a million acres have burned. And we are in winter, and this is the largest fire in Texas history.

United States Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in an interview on Sunday, also noting that the federal government has allocated personnel, funds and equipment to help control the fires sweeping across the Texas Panhandle.

Why It Matters: The largest wildfire in Texas history – the Smokehouse Creek Fire – continues; as of Monday afternoon, the fire was 15% contained. The exact cause of the fire remains to be determined, but dry grass, powerful winds and warmer-than-normal temperatures contributed to the blaze that has burned hundreds of homes and businesses. As the fire continues, improved weather conditions on Monday aided authorities in keeping the fire “from threatening more homes and communities …” (The Associated Press).

Read More: Influx of firefighters, cooler weather in Texas Panhandle helps keep wildfires in check (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas