Crews Battling Wildfire at Brownsville Audubon Preserve

By: AP
By: AP

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Firefighters are battling blazes in
Ector and Andrews counties in West Texas.
Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb says some homes had
been destroyed in Andrews County. He did not have details on how
many were lost or how big the fire was.
Firefighters were able to contain a blaze that had threatened
about 200 homes as well as oil and gas field structures in the
Gardendale community in Ector County.
Another fire that closed down Interstate 20 for a time and
threatened oil and gas field structures covered about 2,500 acres.
High winds were fanning the flames.
Officials also say they've gotten control of a wildfire this
afternoon at the Sabal Palm Audubon Center east of Brownsville.
The fire forced firefighters to evacuate the refuge of staff and
visitors. An aerial survey shows about 170 acres on and around the
557-acre preserve had burned.
No injuries or damage to buildings at the site popular with
birders was reported.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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