Smokehouse Creek Wildfire: Largest in Texas History

A wildfire that started 1 mile north of Stinnett, Texas, on February 26 has grown into the largest wildfire in Texas history. The Smokehouse Creek fire has incinerated 1.1 million acres and is only 3 percent contained. That makes it the biggest wildfire since Texas started keeping records in 1988 and the second-biggest wildfire since the United States started keeping records in 1983.

  • The blaze has killed one person and destroyed more than 130 homes.
  • Roughly 11,000 people are currently without power.

Climate change? Abnormally warm temperatures, a prolonged drought and a sudden windy cold front combined to create the conditions for this week’s Smokehouse Creek fire.

Texas State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon compared the fire to “a hurricane making landfall at high tide” and blamed climate change for the catastrophe. He is partially right.

The southwest U.S. is experiencing its driest period in at least 1,200 years, and this megadrought is starting to spread east of the Rocky Mountains.

Coming curses: Herbert W. Armstrong proved in The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the U.S. and Britain are descended from ancient Israel. God told America’s ancestors that if they disobeyed His laws, then He would punish them.

“And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits” (Leviticus 26:19-20). The fact that two thirds of the U.S. is suffering from a historic drought should be a wake-up call.

Learn more: Read Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?