High fire threat in East Texas, forested areas

April 18, 2011

The Associated Press

DALLAS — Dangerous Texas wildfires have moved east into forest land with more than 3,000 acres burned in Tyler and Hardin counties.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq (mark) Webb on Monday said fires are starting to “crown,” meaning fire builds up and gets into the tops of trees.

Webb told The Associated Press that helicopters and ground resources are being used, with more personnel and equipment being dispatched Monday. He says it’s so dry statewide and the “fire factor is just running off the charts.”

The agency says at least 700,000 acres have burned across Texas in the past week. More than 50 homes have been destroyed near Possum Kingdom Lake, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth.

A volunteer firefighter from Eastland died Friday after being hit by a vehicle.


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