A wildfire scorching the Texas Panhandle has grown to the largest in state history

February 29, 2024

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — A wildfire spreading across the Texas Panhandle became the largest in state history Thursday, growing to nearly 1,700 square miles (4,400 square kilometers) of scorched rural ranchlands and destroyed homes. Charred tree trunks smolder after the Smokehouse Creek Fire burned through the area Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Canadian, Texas. A burned car rests near the charred remains of a home outside of Canadian, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, after a wildfire passed. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy) The remains of a burned home smolder in Canadian, Texas on Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024. At least 13 homes burned in fires in the state’s Panhandle region, officials said Wednesday.