More than a dozen lawsuits are filed over the Texas Panhandle wildfires

A power line near Canadian is seen still burning from the Smokehouse Creek Fire in late February in Hemphill County.


Lawyers gathered over the weekend in the Texas Panhandle to hold a town hall meeting to focus on the more than a dozen lawsuits filed in the wake of the deadly and destructive wildfires.

Most have been filed against Xcel Energy and blamed it for causing the fires that burned more than a million acres of land and eventually spread into western Oklahoma. Dozens of homes were destroyed and the death toll in livestock is into the thousands.

Many of the suits blame Xcel Energy and poor maintenance of its wooden utility poles, as reported by the Amarillo Globe-News.

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