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A utility provider disclosed on Thursday its potential involvement in igniting the Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest wildfire recorded in Texas history.

Xcel Energy, the utility company, announced its facilities might have played a role in sparking the blaze that has destroyed over 1 million acres in the Texas Panhandle. This event is part of a series of wildfires that erupted last month, possibly destroying up to 500 structures.


In a statement, Xcel Energy said they have” been cooperating with the investigations into the wildfires and [will conduct] its own review. Based on currently available information, Xcel Energy acknowledges that its facilities appear to have been involved in an ignition of the Smokehouse Creek fire.”

Despite these revelations, Xcel Energy has refuted any allegations of negligence in maintaining its infrastructure. The company urged individuals affected by the Smokehouse Creek fire, especially those who lost property or livestock, to file claims for compensation. “We will review and respond to any such claims in an expeditious manner, with a priority on claims from any person that lost their home in the Smokehouse Creek fire.”

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Smokehouse Creek fire is roughly 44% contained.


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