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Texas Fighting 17 Fires on 868,000 Acres, Forest Service Says

Texas firefighters are still battling 17 wildfires covering about 868,000 acres, while eight other fires were contained as of yesterday, said Holly Huffman, a spokeswoman at the Texas Forest Service in College Station.

“Weather-wise, we’re getting a brief reprieve over the next couple of days,” Huffman today said in an e-mail. “Hopefully, that will allow our folks to really take an aggressive stance on the current wildfires. We’ve got critical fire weather expected again” on April 25 and April 26, she said.

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