TX fires threaten homes

Wildfires in Texas have killed one person and continue to threaten homes.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 7, 2006


Wildfires in Texas have killed one person and continue to threaten homes.

On Saturday, a wildfire in Kerr County, about 100 miles west of Austin, burned two mobile homes and about 1,100 acres. The blaze threatened about 50 additional homes before being half contained by Saturday night.

A man died in Uvalde County, and officials believe he was trying to protect his property from fast-moving flames.

Earlier this week, at least 11 homes were destroyed by wildfires near Amarillo, Texas.

The destroyed homes were mainly in rural areas some 60 miles east of Amarillo. About 600 people from the small communities of Lefors and Bowers City were briefly evacuated.

Fires in the same area - the Texas Panhandle - in March killed 11 people and burned nearly a million acres.


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