Texas wildfire: strong winds continue to thwart firefighters’ efforts to contain blaze

March 03, 2024

Ferocious winds continue to thwart firefighters across a broad swathe of Texas on Sunday where the second largest wildfire in US history is only 15% contained after six days. It stretches over an area larger than Rhode Island, making it the largest and most destructive wildfire in Texas history. Several other smaller fires also continue to burn across the panhandle, including the Windy Deuce fire which has razed 142,000 acres but is 60% contained. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesCritical fire weather conditions are expected to continue through Sunday as south-westerly winds gust to 50mph and humidity drops below 15%, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Amarillo. Firefighters on the ground are being aided by 12 aircraft, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service on Saturday evening.