Texas Wildfire Death Toll Rises To 11

3-14-06 - Rooftops were doused with water and airtankers dumped retardant as firefighters continued to battle blazes in the aftermath of what officials called the worst single day in Texas wildfire history.

The Department of Public Safety late Monday attributed four new deaths to the fires, bringing the death toll to 11. Nine firefighters have been injured and about 1,900 people evacuated as the flames have raced across more than 1,000 square miles.

After a deadly Sunday in which four people from Oklahoma died in a crash on a smoke-shrouded highway and three people died in fires near Borger, the Department of Public Safety late Monday attributed four more deaths to the fires.

About 3.5 million acres, which is 2% of the state's land mass have burned since December 26.

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