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Four large wildfires have broken out in Central Texas in just about a week. It’s part of a bad year for Texas fires, and climate researchers say the uptick in fires bears the fingerprints of climate change.

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A fast-moving wildfire borne by gusty westerly winds forced evacuation Monday afternoon of a nearby subdivision and school and closed two heavily traveled interstate highways in North Texas.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

Fire crews were starting to gain the upper hand on numerous blazes in Northern California that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes, but officials warned that the deadliest wildfires in the state's history were far from extinguished.

The death toll rose Monday after "a private water tender driver assigned to the Nuns Fire tragically died in a vehicle rollover on Oakville Grande in Napa County," according to Cal Fire. The driver has not yet been publicly identified.

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET

Thousands more people were fleeing their homes as some of the worst wildfires in California's history continued to sweep through wine country, leaving a trail of smoldering destruction and a death toll that authorities say has reached 31.

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Investigators are trying to determine what sparked Thursday's fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper that killed three construction workers.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas teen’s smartphone catches fire; a huge tortoise escapes and wanders to White Rock Lake; Tori Amos performs tonight in Dallas; and more.

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Downtown Athens in Henderson County was evacuated Thursday evening after a fertilizer storage facility caught fire. The facility stores ammonium nitrate, the same fertilizer that exploded last year in West, killing 15 people.


Have you seen the dramatic video that shows Houston firefighters rescuing a construction worker from an apartment complex that caught on fire?

The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows a construction worker stuck on a fourth-floor balcony. Heavy flames approached. The worker dropped down to the balcony below. Firefighters arrived on a long ladder -- and they rescued the worker just as a wall on the roof was engulfed in flames and fell down.

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Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say an electrical short caused a fire Monday that destroyed Luna’s Tortilla Factory on Harry Hines Boulevard. They say the short happened "in or near the neon Luna's sign on the South side of the building," and that the fire then raced through the attic. No one was injured in the fire.

Update: Dallas officials have confirmed 28-year firefighter Stanley Wilson died in a morning fire. He was trying to rescue residents in the burning condo complex. Firefighters stood in a salute as the flag-covered body of one of their own was removed from the wreckage of a condo fire at at 12363 Abrams Road this morning.

A nine-story building near Griffin and Elm Streets in downtown Dallas caught fire shortly before noon which resulted in suspended DART service. The fire sparked on the fifth floor of a vacant high-rise being converted into a hotel. Reports are that no one was injured.

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A new development in the tragedy in the town of West, Texas. Dallas Fire-Rescue Captain Kenny Harris was killed in yesterday's explosion.

Captain Harris lived in West, and was off duty at the time of the incident. According to Joel Lavender of the Dallas Fire Rescue, Harris was not a volunteer firefighter in West, but offered to help when he became aware of the incident. 

City Manager Mary K. Suhm said, “The City of Dallas and the citizens of Dallas have lost a real role model.” 

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Garland firefighters let a chemical fire burn down before using foam on the flames at Nexeo Solutions, the old Ashland Chemical on Wood Ave, near Jupiter and Kingsley.

Big Tex Flames Out

Oct 19, 2012
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It looked like a funeral procession, as the charred and wrapped metal skeleton of Big Tex was escorted out of Fair Park by motorcycle police. Earlier Friday morning, the State Fair icon had gone up in flames.

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Updated with video: The skeleton of Big Tex is being removed from Fair Park after a fire consumed the mammoth icon of the State Fair of Texas this morning, just days after his 60th birthday.