15,000 Acres Burned in Texas

Firefighters are getting close to containing a Texas wildfire that has scorched 15,000 acres, destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of a small town.

The Texas Forest Service says the fire was 75 percent contained
late Monday as wind speeds diminished.

Officials are assessing damage and the loss of livestock from
the weekend fire that forced the evacuation of Wheeler, a panhandle
town of about 1,300. Residents returned and power was restored
Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters are also fighting several other wildfires in the
state, including one that destroyed three homes in Gregory, in San
Patricio County across the bay from Corpus Christi.

On Thursday, all of Texas will be under critical wildfire danger
from dry and windy conditions.


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