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Palo Pinto Wildfire Growing Uncontained

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    Emergency crews drop fire retardant slurry while battling a running wildfire that is threatening homes on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas.

    On Monday, the Texas Forest Service responded to four new, large fires in Palo Pinto, Howard, Carson and Hardin counties.

    In the Palo Pinto fire, 2,500 acres have burned at Rhoades Ranch where the fire remains uncontained. The fire is burning very heavy across rough terrain.

    A Type 3 Incident Management Team organization will be put in place Tuesday for the Palo Pinto fire.  what that means is that the resources allocated to battling the fire will then extend beyond the city or county level to the state or metropolitan level.

    With moderate humidity and higher than average temperatures for this time of year, wildfires remain a very real threat for North Texas.

    In all, the TFS is currently working 13 fires across the state that have burned nearly 60,000 acres.  In March and April,  a wildfire near Possum Kingdom Lake in both Stephens and Palo Pinto burned tens of thousands of acres and destroying dozens of homes.

    About 90 percent of wildfires are started by people. To report suspicious activities, call the Arson Hotline at 888-501-3850. If possible, safely obtain an accurate description of the person and/or vehicle (including the license number) before calling the hotline.