Strong winds fuel wildfires in Plains, Southwest; homes destroyed

April 18 (UPI) — Gusty winds and extreme drought from Colorado to Oklahoma have created nearly 30 wildfires in the Southwest and southern Plains, officials said Wednesday.

Winds of up to 90 mph were expected to subside Wednesday as the storm system moved east.

Arizona and New Mexico are under fire alerts, as strong winds are forecast for Thursday.

Tuesday, fire crews contained a large wildfire in southwest Kansas — and

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