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Texas, Okla. fires flare up, fueled by historic drought

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A helicopter drops water on a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

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Mike Hester holds a cat he rescued from an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, the day the fire swept through the neighborhood and destroyed 25 homes.

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A home destroyed by a wildfire is shown at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Some streets were virtually untouched by the fire that swept through the area on Tuesday, with homes fronted by lawns that could double as putting greens, but others were reduced to rows of scorched stone fireplaces and twisted metal frames.

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A wildfire roars through dry trees near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Texas and Oklahoma are in the grips of a record-setting drought, and a summer of soaring temperatures and little rain has meant the wildfire season, which usually ends in spring, didn't end this year.

 

From msnbc.com & news services reports:

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas — A wildfire in rural North Texas and grassfires across Oklahoma City forced more evacuations on Wednesday, a day after destroying dozens of homes. Evacuations at Possum Kingdom Lake, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth, resumed Wednesday afternoon when the wind picked up and fanned the flames from a wildfire that firefighters had some earlier success in containing. Full story.

While so much of the Northeast is still mopping up water, Texas is experiencing an historic drought and battling wildfires. NBC's Brian Williams reports.