Wildfires Burn Texas from 'Border to Border'

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Texas fire crews continue to work to stop wildfires that have burned across much of the state and  claimed the lives of two firefighters.

So far, more than 1 million acres have gone up in flames along with 150 homes near Dallas.

"We're actually seeing Texas burn from border to border ... it's all over the state," April Saginor, Texas Forest Service spokeswoman, told CNN Radio.

"One thing you've got to accept when you've got 45-mile-an-hour winds with humidity in the single digits and dry fuels, you're not going to stop that fire," says Marq Webb, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service. "It's kind of like eating an elephant -- you take one bite at a time."

In the Possum Kingdom Lake area near Fort Worth, the fire has burned across nearly 150,000 acres of land.

"This is my house up in here," one Texas homeowner said. "It doesn't look like anything's left here. We didn't get anything out of there. We've got the stuff we're wearing. We've been there 15 years, and this is 40 years of marriage of our personal stuff."

Fire teams from six federal agencies were been brought in to help fight the raging inferno from the ground and from the air.

The fires also claimed the lives of two firefighters.

Volunteer firefighter Elias Jaquez, 49, died Wednesday after he was critically injured while battling a blaze near Amarillo nearly two weeks ago.  

Also on Wednesday, friends and family gathered to remember the life of firefighter Greg Simmons. Simmons was killed near a massive 200,000-acre wildfire 250 miles west of Dallas.  Officials believe he was trying to escape the fire when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

As the fire spread to neighboring counties, hundreds of residents along with county jail inmates were evacuated as more than 160 homes were destroyed.

"A lot of memories in this house," fire victim Sarah Godfrey said.

"There is nothing. There's nothing," Mark Godfrey lamented.

Despite his loss, Godfrey says his family still has what's most important.

"These are possessions. That's not our life," he said. "Our life is right here. It's our family, our friends."

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