Wildfire Destroys 30 Homes; 2 North Texas Towns Evacuated

By: KTVT Email
By: KTVT Email

Thirty houses have been destroyed and 200 are threatened by a wildfire burning out of control near Possum Kingdom Lake.

The Texas Forest Service says the fire, named PK West, had burned 10,000 acres as of Friday morning.

Several Forest Service teams are fighting the fire, and they have asked for two National Guard Blackhawk helicopters to help with water drops.

The PK West fire is one of several burning across Texas.

About 120 miles west of Possum Kingdom Lake near Sweetwater, the Cooper Mountain Ranch fire has burned 50,000 acres. The Forest Service says 60 m.p.h. winds in the area Thursday night drove the fire 15 miles in less than three hours. The entire town of Rotan, population 1,400, had to be evacuated.

Closer to the DFW metro area, a fire that broke out Friday in Eastland County forced firefighters to evacuate the town of Gorman. That's about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Three other fires also broke out across the state on Friday.

Today's low humidity and high winds have created a high fire danger across much of the state today, according to the Forest Service.

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