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Texas Wildfires Threaten America’s Nuclear Arsenal Plant

A swiftly spreading wildfire in Texas has rapidly grown and begun to threaten America’s nuclear arsenal, leading to evacuation mandates in at least one town. The fire, intensified by robust winds, arid grass, and unusually warm temperatures, raged across the rural Panhandle region of the Lonestar State.

Local news reported that “Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties as the largest fire burned more than 300 square miles, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. That is more than twice its size since the fire sparked Monday. Authorities have not said what might have caused the blaze, which tore through sparsely populated counties surrounded by rolling plains.

“Texans are urged to limit activities that could create sparks and take precautions to keep their loved ones safe,” Abbott said.

According to the Forest Service, the largest blaze, known as the Smokehouse Creek Fire, closed highways and remained 0% contained as of Tuesday afternoon.”

According to ABC News, one of America’s most important factories has fallen under direct threat from the flames. 

The “wildfires in northern Texas and western Oklahoma prompted a precautionary evacuation of nonessential personnel at the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant in Amarillo. All special materials are safe and unaffected. There are no reported impacts to early voting in either state,” according to an internal situation report from DHS/CISA.

“The Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant in Carson County evacuated all nonessential personnel and paused operations until further notice due to the ongoing wildfires,” according to the report obtained by ABC News. “All weapons and special materials are safe and unaffected. The facility is approximately 13 miles from the Windy Deuce Fire.”

The Pantex Plant, located near Amarillo, Texas, is a key component of the United States’ nuclear weapons complex. Established in 1951, Pantex has played a vital role in assembling, disassembling, and maintaining nuclear weapons. Managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, the facility is a critical link in the nation’s nuclear security infrastructure.

Pantex specializes in the assembly and disassembly of nuclear warheads, as well as the maintenance, refurbishment, and disposal of components. It is the only facility in the United States responsible for the final assembly of nuclear weapons. The plant’s stringent security measures and specialized workforce contribute to the safeguarding of the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Additionally, Pantex has expanded its role to include non-nuclear missions such as high-explosives research and development, supporting the overall national security efforts.

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