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A nuclear weapons assembly plant in Texas has suspended operations due to wildfires.

A series of wildfires in the Panhandle (Texas) led to the evacuation of the population. Due to the fire, thousands of people were left without electricity, and the nuclear weapons assembly plant suspended its work, reports FOX10.

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On the evening of February 27, the Pantex nuclear weapons assembly plant suspended its operations. Officials said the facility will reopen on Feb. 28.

“We have evacuated our personnel from the site out of an abundance of caution,” Laef Pendergraft, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Production Office at Pantex, said during a news conference. “But we have a well-equipped fire department.” Firefighters are trained to work in such conditions. They are prepared for any scenario - even if there is any real emergency on the plant territory, the firefighters will cope with it.”

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On the morning of February 28, Pantex posted in X that the plant was "open for normal day shift operations" and all personnel were expected to report for duty as scheduled.

Pantex is located approximately 27 kilometers northeast of Amarillo and approximately 500 kilometers northwest of Dallas. Since 1975, this plant has been the main assembly site for US atomic bombs.

Forest fires

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a disaster for 60 counties. The largest fire, the Smokehouse Creek fire, covered nearly 1000 square kilometers.

Unseasonably hot and dry conditions and strong winds have caused fires to spread across the state's grassy plains at an alarming rate. Authorities have not said what may have caused the fire.

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