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      Wildfire Anniversary: March 12, 2006

      Thursday is the third anniversary of the 2006 wildfires in the Panhandle. It was the largest wildfire in Texas history.

      Hundreds of thousands of acres burned throughout the Panhandle and claimed the lives of 12 people. Dry and windy conditions helped fuel two huge fires that burned for about a week, destroying land and killing thousands of livestock.

      One of the victims, Kathy Ryan, died trying to rescue her elderly neighbors. Thursday her family remembered her by kicking off a fundraiser in her honor.

      The money will support education and training for firefighters in rural areas of the Panhandle.

      "It is a bittersweet day. it's been three years since we lost my mother, but it's a day where we can do something to try to help our communities," said Pamela Ayers, Ryan's oldest daughter.

      For those who would like to help the cause, a tax deductible donation can be mailed to the Amarillo Area Foundation, 801 S. Fillmore, Suite 700, Amarillo, 79101.

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