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Texas wildfire updates: Latest acreage, containment, damage, and conditions

We're tracking each of the wildfires crews were battling across the North Texas area.

DALLAS — Wildfires broke out across North Texas this week, and hot, dry conditions were here to stay.

Temperatures were expected to rise again into the 100s on Tuesday, and no rain was in the immediate forecast.

We're tracking each of the wildfires crews were battling across the North Texas area.

Here are the latest updates:

Possum Kingdom Lake (1148) Fire 

A large wildfire has burned hundreds of acres near Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County as crews continue to work on extinguishing it.

Farm-to-Market 1148 east of Chapel Road was closed and evacuated Monday as the fire moved quickly north. Officials said at least eight homes were destroyed, but no one has been hurt. 

As of Friday evening, 500 acres had burned and the fire was still about 50% contained. 

MORE: Latest updates: Wildfire burning near Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County

Chalk Mountain Fire - Somervell County 

A wildfire in Somervell County, southwest of Fort Worth, nearly tripled in size overnight from Monday to Tuesday, growing from around 1,200 acres to 4,000 acres just west of Glen Rose, officials said. 

As of Friday afternoon, the fire had grown to 6,705 acres. The Chalk Mountain Fire was 10% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Somervell County also issued a disaster declaration due to the fire.

The Red Cross opened an overnight shelter at the Somervell County Expo Center for those impacted by the fire.

MORE: Crews battling large wildfire near Glen Rose in Somervell County

King Creek Fire - Kaufman County 

Crews continued to battle the King Creek fire in Kaufman County, between Kemp and Rosser.

The fire was about 458 acres in size and was 95% contained by Friday afternoon. Residents were advised to stay clear of the area as firefighters battled the blaze. Crews were working with dozers to create lines around the fire that are free of fuels such as plants and grass.

Parker County fire

Crews battled a grass fire in Parker County on Wednesday afternoon between Weatherford and Springtown. 

Parker County officials said the fire happened near FM 51 and Veal Station Road, which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. 

As of Friday, the fire had burned 172 acres and was 95% contained.

Latest wildfire conditions 

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for all of North Texas on Tuesday, as hot and dry conditions were expected to persist. Our last measurable rain at DFW Airport was on June 3.

What causes a bad wildfire season? 

Extreme drought and extreme heat are a bad combination when it comes to wildfire risk. We saw this in 2011, when we had a record-breaking wildfire season in Texas.

Numerous fires burned over 1,000 acres. Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history happened in April 2011 and more than 4 million acres in total were burned across Texas.

The summer of 2011 saw more than 70 triple-digit heat days and it was also the worst one-year drought period in Texas history.

Our conditions currently aren't much better; all of North Texas is under some form of drought conditions, while a large chunk of the region is under "exceptional" and "extreme" drought conditions, according to the latest Texas Drought Monitor.

RELATED: When 'exceptional' isn't a good thing: Here's how bad the drought is in North Texas

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