- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

STONEBURG, TEXAS (AP) - Texas Forest Service officials say rainstorms have drenched most of North Texas, helping firefighters contain several large blazes that have burned for days.

Wildfires have burned more than 192,000 acres across the state.

David Abernathy, a forest service operations section chief, said Sunday that the rains were a tremendous help. He says many weary firefighters have been given a chance to rest or return home.

Wind-fueled fires in Montague County in North Texas engulfed 75,000 acres of parched pastures Thursday and up to 100 homes. Three people died and two were injured.

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