Drone videos show apocalyptic scene as wildfires scorch Texas Panhandle

The Smokehouse Creek wildfire has burned more than 1 million acres in the Texas Panhandle. It's just one of several blazes burning in the region.

STINNETT, Texas – Drone videos are giving a look at the apocalyptic scene of destruction and devastation caused by wildfires that have consumed land and structures across the Texas Panhandle.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire has burned more than 1 million acres of land and is approximately and is nearly twice as wide as the state of Delaware. It is the largest wildfire in Texas state history.

A drone video recorded by Allen Garland in the towns of Stinnett and Fritch shows burned homes, trees and property after the blaze torched the region on Wednesday.

A second video from the Fritch area shows acres of scorched land and buildings that have been damaged or destroyed.


Firefighters from across Texas have descended upon the Panhandle, including in Hutchinson County, where firefighters from Fort Worth, Texas, drove through the flames to join in on the battle against the blazes. Hutchinson County is sadly where at least one person was found dead north of Amarillo, and dozens of structures were damaged after the fires broke out earlier this week.

While firefighters worked desperately to contain the fires, they were hoping a brief burst of snow could help them gain the upper hand against the flames.

A weak area of low pressure swung through the Texas wildfire zones and dropped about an inch of snow Thursday amid freezing temperatures. That was welcome relief from the hot, dry and windy conditions that led to the explosive development of the wildfires burning through dry vegetation. 

"Rain is helpful, but when it comes to fire, snow is perfect," said FOX Weather Meteorologist Britta Merwin. "Think about taking a fire extinguisher to snuff out a fire — this is the same effect. It dampens (the area) and that can really tap out a fire."

The storm will have little to no effect on the expansive fires except to keep humidity elevated for a day. A return to fire weather conditions is expected this weekend.