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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Texas lifts evacuation order after wildfire

Despite the threat of more wildfires due to heat, wind and dry air, officials lifted an evacuation order in North Texas on Wednesday.

Hood County announced that the evacuation order had been lifted in a rural area south of Toller, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth.

The Texas A&M Ranger Service said the fire has burned about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers), destroyed a dozen structures and is already 10% contained.

Ranger Service spokeswoman Mary Leathers said it was not clear how many of the structures were homes.

County emergency officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Firefighters were also battling a blaze at Possum Kingdom Lake, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Fort Worth, which burned about 500 acres (202 ha) and at least five homes, and was also contained in 10% , depends on the agency.

The agency used bulldozers to dig ditches around the flames and sent planes to drop water on them from above.

No injuries have been reported so far.

The area is now vulnerable to fire due to 110-degree Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), 30-mph (40-50-kilometer-per-hour) winds and drought, the agency said.

The National Weather Service has issued fire and high temperature watches for north and central Texas as well as eastern Oklahoma.

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