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Texas faces at least $21 million in wildfire damage

AMARILLO, Texas – Texas farmers are faced with at least $21 million in agriculture damage from the fires that are black more than 750 square miles in the Texas Panhandle last week.

Economist Steve Amosson tells the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/2mN9ZcX ) that the damage of the last week including an amount of $6.1 million in lost meadows; $6.1 million loss, or damage of the screens; $3.8 million in lost buildings; $4 million in livestock deaths; and $1 million for emergency hay and feed.

Amosson says the long-term effects will depend on whether the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 cows will be fed with limited grazing.

The Texas Animal Commission decided Wednesday that 2,500 head of cattle and 1,900 pigs were lost to the Texas fires.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared an emergency in six provinces.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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