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Agencies blasted over wildfire oversight

April 10, 2024 - 00:00
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State agencies and regulators were heavily criticized at a Texas legislative hearing for failing to communicate during the deadly Panhandle wildfires, the Texas Tribune reported.The three-day hearing, held in Pampa, investigated the Smokehouse Creek fire and others that burned more than a million acres, destroyed hundreds of homes, killed up to 10,000 cattle and resulted in two deaths.State Rep. Ben King, R-Canadian, chaired the committee and said the hearing was difficult but necessary.“You may not like the line of questions or the tone of questions, but we are here for answers,” King told representatives of the state’s regulatory agencies last ...

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