Fires Sweeping across Texas, Firefighter Killed

Friday, 15 Apr 2011 10:49 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

GRAHAM, Texas (AP) — Wildfires sweeping across hundreds of thousands of acres in Texas have killed a firefighter, forced hundreds of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes.

Fire officials said late Friday that the blazes spanned about 655 square miles of parched grasslands, fueled by strong winds.

A 20,000-acre fire destroyed about 30 homes as it burned around Possum Kingdom Lake, a popular recreation spot about 120 miles west of Dallas.

Three large fires burning in Wichita County, about 150 miles northwest of Dallas, had destroyed about 30 homes. A military housing complex near Sheppard Air Force Base was evacuated for two hours but no buildings were damaged.

Authorities say Eastland firefighter Gregory M. Simmons died while battling a separate 3,000-acre blaze. No other injuries have been reported but several towns have been evacuated.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: Gun Prosecution Cases Plunge Under Obama

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 08:55 AM

The number of prosecutions in gun violation cases by the Justice Department has plunged under President Barack Obama des . . .

Jane Fonda: I'll Be Mad If Murdoch Acquires Time Warner

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 22:01 PM

Jane Fonda says she'll be "so angry" at federal regulators if they approve an acquisition of Time Warner by Rupert Murdo . . .

Arizona Inmate Dies Hours after Execution Began; Brewer Calls for Probe

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 21:58 PM

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved