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Texas Wildfires Burn Nearly 191,000 Acres

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A man watches as smoke from a wildfire rises into the sky. (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A man watches as smoke from a wildfire rises into the sky. (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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AMARILLO (AP) – The Texas Forest Service says wildfires so far this year have burned nearly twice as many acres as in all of 2010.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Lewis Kearney on Thursday told The Associated Press that the agency, since Jan. 1, has responded to 240 fires that burned nearly 191,000 acres. More than 130 structures were destroyed.

The Texas Forest Service last year responded to nearly 1,200 fires that scorched about 102,000 acres.

Efforts continue to assess damage from wildfires since Sunday in West Texas. Emergency management personnel in Randall and Potter counties estimate the wildfires caused nearly $13 million in structural damage, with about 70 residences destroyed.

Kearney says forecasters believe next Monday and Tuesday will have the potential for more wildfires, with possible strong winds and dry conditions.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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