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Rain brings relief to areas hit by wildfires

April 13, 2009

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— Rainstorms have drenched most of North Texas and parts of Oklahoma, helping firefighters contain several large blazes that have burned for days.

Wildfires have burned more than 192,000 acres across North Texas.

David Abernathy, a forest service operations section chief, said Sunday that the rains were a tremendous help. He says many weary firefighters have been given a chance to rest or return home.

Wind-fueled fires in Montague County in North Texas engulfed 75,000 acres of parched pastures Thursday and up to 100 homes. Three people died and two were injured.

In neighboring Oklahoma, showers and thunderstorms helped exhausted firefighters extinguish blazes that flared in Oklahoma, Carter and Stephens counties on Saturday.

The rain came days after wind-whipped fires destroyed about 170 homes statewide and injured 62 people, two seriously. Fire investigators haven’t determined what started most of the blazes, but an official says the Oklahoma County fire was intentionally set.

On Sunday, the investigation into the fire was ongoing.

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