Texas governor said that wildfires left two people dead while destroying as many as 500 homes and structures; he warned that the number could grow.

Iran PressAmerica: Wildfires have destroyed as many as 500 structures in the Texas Panhandle, Republican Governor Greg Abbott said, describing how the largest blaze in state history destroyed everything in its path, leaving ashes in its wake.

The fire covers more than 1 million acres, or 1,600 square miles, and is 15% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service, and covers tens of thousands of acres in Oklahoma.

The Smokehouse Creek fire, which began on Monday, has burned about 4,400 square kilometers, killed at least two people, and left a charred landscape of scorched prairie, dead cattle and burned-out homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although strong winds, dry grass and unseasonably warm weather fed them. 219

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