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Texas emergency director calls for firefighting air force after historic Panhandle fires

A special legislative committee is investigating what caused the Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest in state history.

From left, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Wes Moorehead, Director of Texas A&M Forest Service, Al Davis, and Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Nim Kidd, sit before a House Committee investigating the Panhandle wildfires Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in Pampa. On Tuesday, testimony focused on topics relating to the largest wildfire in Texas history.

From left: Local firemen Robert Ford, Trent Price, Phillip Clark and Scott Brewster sit on a panel during an investigative house committee hearing on the Texas Panhandle wildfires on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in Pampa.

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