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Firefighter critical from burns in Texas blaze

Updated: 4/12/2011

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A firefighter is hospitalized after being critically burned while battling a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle.

A nursing supervisor at University Medical Center in Lubbock says Cactus firefighter Elias Jacquez remained in critical condition Tuesday.

Jacquez suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body Saturday while fighting a fire that charred 60,000 acres about 40 miles north of Amarillo.

Moore County Emergency Management spokesman David Garrett says the wildfire is thought to have started from electric lines, but it hasn't been determined whether the power lines fell or just sparked during strong winds.