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The worst fire in the history of Big Bend National Park swelled to more than 1,200 acres, fueled by tinder-dry vegetation and fanned by wind blowing through canyons, authorities in Texas said. About 100 campers had been evacuated earlier. Ninety firefighters from several agencies battled the flames in the High Chisos mountains in southwest Texas, and spokesman Jim Paxon said three helicopters and 160 more firefighters were expected to arrive from other Western states by today. No injuries were reported, and no structures were in danger, authorities at a fire control center said.


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