Wildfires Rage across Southwest States

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Firefighters are battling wildfires across the southwestern states of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas.
   
In Colorado, fires have destroyed at least 15 homes in the Rocky Mountains. Firefighters saw some relief after a snowstorm blew through the area.

However, weather officials warned gusty winds and low humidity might give rise to another fire. Three-hundred residents who were allowed to return to their house were warned to be prepared to leave again.

"Fire danger will be elevated today with low humidities [sic] and breezy northwest winds developing in most areas by this afternoon," the National Weather Service reported.

In Kansas, wildfires briefly forced the evacuation of the entire town of Satanta. Residents were allowed to return once the fire was contained. Officials have yet to determine the cause of the blaze.

A wind-driven grass fire burned 2,000-3,000 acres of land in New Mexico and forced the evacuation of Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino.

"As far as I know, there wasn't any damage to the track," New Mexico Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware told The Associated Press. "Some barns in the area might have been damaged."

The blaze also destroyed five homes and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and business.

In Texas, extreme drought and high winds stoked blazes that burned more than 7,000 acres on Sunday. The fires led to the evacuation of 300 homes, a power plant, and a sewage and water treatment facility.

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