Texas Wildfire Grows Larger, Evacuations Ordered

Eastland Complex residents were forced to evacuate as wildfires continue to spread after burning through more than 39,800 acres of land.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said they have only managed to put out 2% of the fires so far and that it is likely to grow larger. 

“Update: the #EastlandComplex in Eastland County is an estimated 45,383 acres and 4% contained. Aviation resources including 3 large air tankers, helicopters and 3 fire boss single-engine air tankers will be working on the fire today to help reinforce areas of concern,” said Texas A&M Forest Service.

There have been no confirmed injuries or deaths yet while there are no reports yet of major infrastructure damage. 

Wildfires have also been reported in Sterling, Reagan, and Runnels counties but are almost contained as of Friday. 

“Strong winds and critically dry grasses contributed to extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread across the landscape. Fire crews continued to focus on life safety and structure protection as well as constructing containment lines where possible,” added Texas A&M Forest Service.

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