Texas Wildfire Conditions Ease; Weather a Concern

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS -- Firefighters in Texas faced calmer conditions Saturday as they worked to contain deadly wind-driven wildfires, but there was concern that the weather could again play havoc with the situation.

Bill Beebe, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service, said things were "pretty quiet," even though more than 122,000 burning acres had not been contained by firefighters, including two new fires in East Texas.

The major worry was that lightning from thunderstorms predicted for Sunday could ignite additional fires, he said.

"We're bracing possibly for some difficult times," he said.

Ken Schneider, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, said the threat of thunderstorms tomorrow encompasses all of North Texas.

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