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Texas Wildfires Likely Caused By Sparking Power Lines Officials Say

Texas wildfires are likely to have been caused by sparking power lines, officials say.

Texas wildfires are likely to have been caused by sparking power lines, officials say.

The wildfires that have been burning in Texas recently are likely to have been started by sparking power lines, brought about by trees falling on the power lines during the storm and high winds that hit the region. Fire officials are calling it the most destructive wildfire blaze in the history of Texas, and it destroyed over 1,500 homes and killed two people.

On 4 September two wildfires started about 5 miles apart at about the same time in Bastrop which is about 25 miles east of Austin, Texas. Apparently one of the blazes was started when a dead pine tree fell onto the power lines which sent a shower of sparks onto the very dry vegetation, and the second fire started when tree branches got tangled with power lines, again with sparks igniting the dry grass and branches.

The Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is the electricity provider for that area, and they managed to return power to residents by Sunday. They are continuing to clean up the area of fallen trees, and also burned trees which, should they fall could start the problem over again.

Meanwhile the Texas Forest Service is investigating the cause of a 700-acre blaze close to the main fire, officials reported, in one of the worst conditions for years. The fires have been fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and drought conditions, and nearly 190 wildfires in early September alone.

The losses from these many fires is estimated by the Insurance Council of Texas to be around $250 million, and with over 1,500 homes lost that means a lot of families are having to start over again, and they need all the help they can get.

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