Crews fight to save West Texas towns from wildfire

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM

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ROBERT LEE, Texas (AP) — Two small West Texas towns appeared to survive a nearby wildfire for another day as reinforced firefighting teams managed to keep a wildfire that threatened Robert Lee and Bronte (BRAWNT) at bay.

But a spokeswoman says the situation remains subject to change in an instant.

The two Coke County towns are about 12 miles apart and about 30 miles north of San Angelo.

C.J. Novell, a spokeswoman for the Southern Area Blue Team of multijurisdictional firefighters, says Bronte was briefly ordered evacuated before the order was canceled.

She says temperatures verging on 100 degrees with lower humidity readings and stiff breezes could mean more trouble Monday. But she says the winds were expected to be a little more westerly and less southerly, which could make them easier to fight.

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