Texas Wildfire Becomes Largest In State History

March 1, 2024

Wind was coming straight out of the north and made just this massive wall of fire moving across the landscape.

Texas A&M Forest Service spokesperson Adam Turner said on Wednesday, as wildfires sweep across the Texas panhandle and parts of Oklahoma. The amount of land that has burned this week – about 2,000 square miles – is about the equivalent to the state of Delaware.

Why It Matters: The Smokehouse Creek Fire is the largest of the current fires and has scorched more than 1 million acres in the Texas Panhandle, as well as more than 31,000 acres in Oklahoma. The fire in Texas, only 3% contained as of Thursday, is the largest recorded wildfire in Texas history and is among the largest wildfires in the Lower 48. Conditions could worsen this weekend as dry air and strong winds pick up in the region.

“Two people have died” due to the fire, an increasing number of homes have burned, and “thousands of cattle have died” (more than 85% of cattle in Texas come from the panhandle) (CNN).

Read More: Deadly Texas wildfire torches 1 million acres – the largest blaze in state history – as more infernos rage (CNN)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas