Wildfires destroy 12 homes in Texas Panhandle

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Associated Press

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 30 at 8:12 PM

AMARILLO (AP) — Two wildfires have destroyed at least 12 homes on the outskirts of the Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb says the fires began burning early Sunday evening but were contained by Monday night. He says low humidity, temperatures in the 100s and high winds created favorable conditions for fires.

He says firefighters are still battling wildfires across Texas on Monday. About 2.8 million acres have burned in the state since November.

The Forest Service reports one of the fires is on the southern edge of Amarillo. It destroyed five homes and damaged four others. Another fire to the northwest burned through more than 1,200 acres and destroyed seven homes.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in both areas.

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