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Fires burn 200 homes; threat remains

Hot temperatures and high winds have helped deadly wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma burn almost 200 homes since Tuesday. Similar weather conditions are expected throughout the weekend.

BY HEATHER MOYER | OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. | December 29, 2005

Hot temperatures and high winds have helped deadly wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma burn almost 200 homes since Tuesday. Similar weather conditions are expected throughout the weekend.

Four deaths are being blamed on the fires.

The worst damage appears to be in Cross Plains, Texas, where state emergency officials estimate the grassfires burned almost 110 homes there alone.

The quickly spreading grassfires also destroyed Cross Plains' First United Methodist Church, where parishioners had been preparing to celebrate the church's 120th anniversary this Sunday.

Besides the severe damage in Cross Plains, fire also burned homes in Cooke County and Hood County.

The worst fires in Oklahoma appear to be near Oklahoma City, according to state emergency management reports. According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, "Numerous homes and outbuildings were destroyed in the fires and four minor injuries were reported."

Some estimates say as many as 75 homes have been destroyed in the state since Tuesday.

Wildfires burned homes in Oklahoma and Rogers counties. Portions of the city of Wewoka remained evacuated Thursday morning due to a raging wildfire as well. Firefighters in 12 counties across Oklahoma are battling wildfires.

Extremely dry conditions and high winds helped fuel the raging fires this week in Texas and Oklahoma. Most of the region is in a severe drought, making conditions ripe for wildfires. Burn bans remain in effect across the majority of both states, where officials say that most of this week's wildfires were human-caused.


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