PICTURED: First victim of Smokehouse Creek Fire is identified as 83-year-old ... trends now

PICTURED: First victim of Smokehouse Creek Fire is identified as 83-year-old ... trends now
PICTURED: First victim of Smokehouse Creek Fire is identified as 83-year-old ... trends now

PICTURED: First victim of Smokehouse Creek Fire is identified as 83-year-old ... trends now

An 83-year-old grandmother has been identified as the first victim of Texas' Smokehouse Creek Fire. 

Joyce Blankenship, lived in the Scotts Acres neighborhood, and her body was found in Stinnett, Hutchinson County Public Engagement Coordinator Deidra Thomas said in a statement on Wednesday.  

Blankenship is the first reported death in the wildfires that have ravaged more than 1 million acres as of Wednesday night

Since igniting on Monday, the Smokehouse Creek fire has spread to become the second-largest wildfire on record in the Lone Star state, with 850,000 acres having been burned. 

The wildfires sweeping across the Texas Panhandle have prompted evacuations, power outages and temporarily shutdown a nuclear weapons facility.

Joyce Blankenship, 83, (right) lived in the Scotts Acres neighborhood, and her body was found in Stinnett

Joyce Blankenship, 83, (right) lived in the Scotts Acres neighborhood, and her body was found in Stinnett

The grandmother has been identified as the first victim of Texas ' Smokehouse Creek Fire

The grandmother has been identified as the first victim of Texas ' Smokehouse Creek Fire

Since igniting on Monday, the Smokehouse Creek fire has ravaged 850,000 acres to become the second-largest wildfire on record in the Lone Star state

Since igniting on Monday, the Smokehouse Creek fire has ravaged 850,000 acres to become the second-largest wildfire on record in the Lone Star state

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 60 counties in response to the wildfires.

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

More than 5,400 people in Texas were without power Wednesday morning.

The Pantex plant, the country's main facility that assembles and disassembles America's nuclear arsenal, had evacuated most of its personnel on Tuesday night as the fires raged out of control near its facility.

Early Wednesday, Pantex tweeted that the facility 'is open for normal day shift operations' and that all personnel were to report for duty according to their assigned schedule. 

Dozens of cattle have also been killed, as devastating video footage revealed cattle burned to death in the aftermath of the fires sweeping across Texas. 

One clip shows the scattered bodies of cattle that perished due to the flames - spreading at an average rate of 150 football field per minute.

Ranch workers were left without time to evacuate their livestock as the blazing fire approached, Katlyn Butler, whose husband works at Turkey Track Ranch, told CNN. 

'Homes have burned in almost every direction,' Hemphill County Judge Lisa Johnson told local newspaper The Canadian Record

'Homes have burned in almost every direction,' Hemphill County Judge Lisa Johnson

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