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    Out-of-Control Wildfires in Texas Briefly Shut Down Pantex Nuclear Weapons Facility

    Out-of-Control Wildfires in Texas Briefly Shut Down Pantex Nuclear Weapons Facility

    A series of wildfires swept across the Texas Panhandle early Wednesday, prompting evacuations, cutting off to thousands, and forcing the brief shutdown of a nuclear weapons facility as strong winds, dry grass and unseasonably warm temperatures fed the blazes.

    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties as the main blaze, the Smokehouse Creek Fire, swelled into the second-largest wildfire in the state's history. The main facility that disassembles America's nuclear arsenal paused operations Tuesday night but said it was open for normal work on Wednesday.

    Authorities have not said what might have caused the blaze, which tore through sparsely populated counties set amid vast, high plains punctuated by cattle ranches and oil rigs.

    In Borger, a community of about 13,000 in Hutchinson County, Adrianna Hill said she and her family were terrified as fire encircled the entire town until the winds shifted.

    “It was like a ring of fire around Borger, there was no way out … all four main roads were closed,” Hill, 28, said. The flames came within about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) of the home she shares with her husband and 20-month-old son.

    “What saved our butts was that northern wind … it blew it the opposite direction,” Hill said. “We were scared, but every night I pray … and that's all I can do.”

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