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Drought Contributes to Grass Fires in Southwest US


Isolated grass fires continue to burn in the southern U.S. states of Oklahoma and Texas, but they have weakened since killing one elderly woman and scorching dozens of homes on Tuesday.

Officials said decreased winds and slightly cooler temperatures have helped firefighters contain the blazes. But there are worries that continuing drought conditions could lead to new fires.

The initial fires are being blamed on children playing with fireworks or people being careless with discarded cigarettes.

On Tuesday, Texas governor Rick Perry dispatched National Guard troops to help battle the blazes and declared the fires a disaster.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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