The Texas wildfire, currently raging across vast expanses of the state, has now been classified as one of the largest in U.S. history.

The state is grappling with what is now the largest wildfire in its history—the Smokehouse Creek Fire—which has already scorched an astounding 1 million acres, or approximately 1,600 square miles, an area larger than Rhode Island.

This historic blaze has not only wreaked havoc within Texas but has also spread thousands of acres into neighboring Oklahoma.

Governor Greg Abbott described the Texas wildfire destruction as complete, leaving nothing but ashes in its wake. “When you look at the damages that have occurred here, it’s just gone. Completely gone. Nothing left but ashes on the ground,” Abbott said. He emphasized the devastation faced by those affected and called for ongoing support, assistance, and prayers from the community.

The fires are currently about 15% contained, but the situation remains dire. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for “critical fire weather conditions again” over the weekend, fueled by the abundance of dry grass, high temperatures, strong wind gusts, and low humidity. Officials have urged Texans to avoid outdoor activities that could potentially ignite further fires.

Adding to the severity, the Smokehouse Creek Fire has surpassed the size of the top 20 California wildfires combined in the last 90 years, marking a grim milestone in the history of U.S. wildfires. As the state battles these deadly infernos, there are three other active wildfires, further straining resources and efforts to contain the blazes.

As Texas faces this unprecedented challenge, the need for national attention and aid becomes increasingly clear. The state, its people, and its wildlife are in urgent need of assistance as they navigate through the aftermath of this catastrophic event.

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