Texas Panhandle officials hope for relief today from a wave of wildfires that blackened 27-thousand acres and destroyed at least nine homes. No injuries were reported.
Steady 40 mile-per-hour winds whipped the latest round of fires that forced the evacuation of two small towns about 65 miles east of Amarillo.
But the roughly 600 residents of Lefors and Bowers City were allowed to return home. Lighter winds by nightfall yesterday helped firefighters contain most of the more than two dozen blazes.
Higher humidity and slightly calmer winds were in today's forecast for the Panhandle.
In the words of Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Wayne Beighle -- "You can call that a bullet dodged."
But the Texas Forest Service says the fire danger today is expected to shift to a large circular area from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to West Texas and back toward San Antonio.