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Drought stemming from La Nina led to Texas fires

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A severe drought stemming from La Nina last fall has led to bone-dry conditions in Texas and devastating wildfires this spring.
More than 1 million acres have burned in Texas in the last two weeks or so.
National weather experts were to discuss the drought and its effects on agriculture today on a conference call. Experts with the National Climatic Data Center and the National Weather Service also were to discuss whether there was any relief in sight.
There were thunderstorms in the North Texas area into early this morning, but it's unclear how much rain fell in the area of a 127,000-acre fire in three counties. About 166 homes and two churches have been destroyed in the Possum Kingdom Lake area where the fire started two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, there's a funeral today for a firefighter fatally burned while fighting a Panhandle wildfire.

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