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April 20, 2011
Firefighters called from around the country to fight Texas wildfires

Firefighters were being called in from around the country to help local crews fight the Possum Kingdom Lake fire in Texas. The fire has burned for nearly a week, tearing through several communities, consuming 150,000 acres and destroying about 150 homes and a church, according to the Texas Forest Service. The fire is one of several massive blazes across the state that firefighters were battling Wednesday morning, adding up to more than 1 million acres of land burned in a little more than a week in drought-stricken Texas. ( 36 images)

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Firefighters look on as an air tanker makes a pass over a wildfire near Possum Kingdom, Texas, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. AP / LM Otero


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A running wildfire threatens a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Emergency crews battle a running wildfire that is threatning a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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San Diego County firefighter Jason Lambirth surveys a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Volunteer firefighters battle a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Emergency crews battle a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Emergency crews fly over a burned home while battling a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Emergency crews battle a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Federal firefighter Jesus Palencia sets a back fire while fighting a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Volunteer firefighter Jason Collard prepares to fight a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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San Diego County firefighter Jason Lambirth surveys a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Firefighter Craig Howard yells to another fire crew as they take up positions to save a house from a wildfire near Possum Kingdom, Texas, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. AP / LM Otero



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A running wildfire threatens a home on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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A bull tries to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Emergency crews drop a fire retardant slurry on a running wildfire to save a house on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Texas State Troopers Aaron Lewis and Greg Sullivan open a gate to allow livestock to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Firefighter Jason Lambirth, of San Diego, surveys a wildfire near Possum Kingdom, Texas, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. AP / LM Otero



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Fire fighters Craig Howard, right and Jason Collard wait for radioed instructions as smoke rises from a nearby wildfire near Possum Kingdom, Texas, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. AP / LM Otero



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An unidentified man sprays water on the roof of the Palo Pinto County Law Enforcement Center to help protect the building as fires approach Palo Pinto, Texas, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Rodger Mallison



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Damage from wildfires can be seen near Possum Kingdom Lake where homes have been destroyed in the recreational area about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas on April 19, 2011. The Dallas Morning News / David Woo



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New wildfires keep starting up near Possum Kingdom Lake where homes have been destroyed in the recreational area about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas on April 19, 2011. The Dallas Morning News / David Woo



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In this aerial photo, damage from wildfires can be seen near Possum Kingdom Lake where homes have been destroyed in the recreational area about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas on April 19, 2011. The Dallas Morning News / David Woo



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In this aerial photo, a new home that is under construction just missed the damage from wildfires near Possum Kingdom Lake where 32 homes have been destroyed in the recreational area about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas on April 19, 2011. The Dallas Morning News / David Woo



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Scorched earth and burned trees sit after a wildfire blazed through early on Monday, April 18, 2011, in Coke County, Texas. The Abilene Reporter-News / Tommy Metthe



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Mike Warren stands in front of his house in Oak Hill. Texas after his home was destroyed in Sundays fire on Monday, April 18, 2011. Austin American-Statesman / Alberto Martinez



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David Griffin take in the damage of his home Monday, April 18, 2011, a day after a massive wildfire in Austin, Texas. AP / April Castro



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Cory Martin, left, and Jason Taggart of Santa Clara, Utah fire department watch the hilltop is a blaze in Palo Pinto County near Strawn, Texas on Monday, April 18, 2011. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Max Faulkner



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Debris and burned trees are shown on Monday, April 18, 2011, a day after a massive wildfire ravaged the Austin, Texas, wildfire. The fire damaged at least 21 homes. AP / April Castro



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Smoke rises in the air as wildfire in Coke County, Texas, burns on Monday afternoon, April 18, 2011. The Abilene Reporter-News / Tommy Metthe



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A Texas Forest Service air tanker drops fire retardant near a home in Coke County, Texas, while fighting a wildfire Monday afternoon, April 18, 2011. The Abilene Reporter-News / Tommy Metthe



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In an April 18, 2011 photo, volunteer Lexia Lemley prepares sandwiches for evacuees and firefighters at Graford Elementary School in Graford, Texas, where a Red Cross shelter has been set up for evacuees and firefighters. Dallas Morning News / Sonya N. Hebert



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A Travis Co. Star Flight helicopter drops water on a wildfire that destroyed homes in southwest Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 17, 2011. AP / Jack Plunkett



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A firefighting plane makes a drop near a destroyed house on Callbram Lane in southwest Austin, Texas, during a wildfire on Sunday April 17, 2011. Austin American-Statesman / Jay Janner



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Austin firefighters work at a home that burned to the ground on Callbram Lane in southwest Austin, Texas during a wildfire on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Austin American-Statesman / Jay Janner



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A wildfire flairs up on the west side of Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Saturday, April 16, 2011. AP / LM Otero



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Trucks at a Possum Kingdom home are destroyed by the wildfires, Saturday April 16, 2011 near Mineral Wells, Texas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Ron T. Ennis



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