2 of 3 Pan­han­dle wild­fires now com­pletely con­tained

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that two of the three fires that have burned the Texas Pan­han­dle this week now are fully con­tained and fire­fight­ers con­tinue to tamp down the largest of the three.

The Texas A&M For­est Ser­vice says a fire in the north­east corner of the Pan­han­dle near the Ok­la­homa bor­der has burned nearly 500 square miles and was 75 per­cent con­tained Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

A sep­a­rate fire just to the south was fully con­tained af­ter burn­ing about 210 square miles.

An­other, smaller fire to the west, near Amar­illo, was fully con­tained by fire­fight­ers Tues­day.

Four peo­ple have died in the Texas fires while a fifth per­son was killed in Ok­la­homa and an­other per­son died in Kansas. Three of the peo­ple killed in Texas were try­ing to usher cat­tle away from the flames when they were over­come.

Texas agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials are scram­bling to se­cure feed and other sup­plies for ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 cat­tle and horses that have fled from the wild­fires.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Ex­ten­sion said in a state­ment that about 4,200 large round bales of hay are needed to feed dis­placed an­i­mals over the next two weeks.

Texas Cat­tle Feed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Jayce Win­ters said that pre­lim­i­nary counts in­di­cate about 1,500 cat­tle were killed in the fires, but a more pre­cise ac­count­ing could be days or weeks away.

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