By Holly Wise

Killeen Daily Herald

A blanket of smoke and filtering ash fell over Killeen Friday as a result of raging wildfires across the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Lenz said high winds were a result of a cold front moving across portions of the state engulfed in flames.

"West and northwest winds blew across the areas experiencing fires and picked up smoke and ash and blew it off toward the south and southeast," he said.

Lenz said the winds would

become more east and southeast by today, and the ash over Killeen should diminish.

Winds are expected to increase again when the next cold front moves through next Tuesday or Wednesday, he added.

By then, Lenz said hopefully the fires will be under control.

April Saginor, communications specialist with the Texas Forest Service, said she's received calls from Austin residents who have reported seeing and smelling smoke and ash.

"With the high winds, yes, you're seeing this from far away right now," she said, in reference to a large wildfire in Dallas, and another in Kent County.

More than 200,000 acres, mainly in West Texas, burned this week during dry, windy conditions.

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