By Mike Turchin, Business Insider Texas gas giant Hess Corp. said Wednesday it would stop producing and selling gas from the Texas sun after a wave of high temperatures and wildfires hit the state.
A company spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider that its customers are advised to use the sun’s rays instead.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday that a massive firestorm hit the central Texas state, destroying at least two homes, injuring dozens and sending residents fleeing to safety.
The firestorm was sparked by a series of blazes that ravaged the state and the surrounding area on Wednesday, with more than 300 people killed, and at least five deaths confirmed.
The flames have now consumed some 1,200 square miles of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
It is not yet clear if there is a link between the fires and the massive fire.
The blaze in eastern Texas was the worst in a century, and has claimed the lives of at least 33 people, according the Associated Press.
Hess said its customers have been advised to limit their outdoor activities in areas where fire danger is high.
It said that in addition to the restrictions, the company will be making additional changes.