Wildfires continue to ravage Texas

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:34pm

Drought conditions and strong winds continue to fuel out of control wildfires across parts of east and central Texas. In fact, so many wildfires are burning that the smoke from the fires can be seen from space.

Thousands have been left homeless by the fires, and two deaths are blamed on the fires; a woman and her 18 month-old child died Monday when a fast-moving fire set their mobile home on fire and they were unable to escape.

Already in the grips of a record drought, the Lone Star State is kindling for dozens of fires.

"The magnitude of these losses are pretty stunning, some 1,000 homes we've lost across the state, we're over 100,000 acres," Governor Rick Perry said in a Tuesday press briefing.

5,000 families have been evacuated while firefighters work to save their properties, both on the ground and in the air above.

Still, it may take Mother Nature to help gain the upper-hand. Crews are hoping winds will remain calm, giving them a better chance to contain the flames.

More than 3.6 million acres in Texas have been charred by wildfires since the start of the season in December 2010.

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