Wildfire mop-up continues; firefighters worry about weather

Possum Kingdom wildfire

Credit: WFAA

An aerial view shows one home on Possum Kingdom Lake that was destroyed in the wildfire, while the home next door was largely unscathed.

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Firefighters continued to make gradual progress containing the massive, wind-whipped wildfires that raged across Texas but expressed worry that a change in the weather early next week could spark a new outbreak.

West Texas firefighters on Saturday worked to finish controlled burns in the Fort Davis area fire before a renewed threat of fire-friendly weather, which was expected to arrive on Tuesday.

In the giant North Texas fire, firefighters worked on mop-up operations in the Possum Kingdom area. That fire was said to be only about 25 percent contained. More than 460 firefighters worked to build a fire line stretching more than 270 miles.

Since Jan. 1, wildfires have scorched more than 1.4 million acres in the state and led to the deaths of two firefighters.

Print
Email
|