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Possum Kingdom Fire Unlikely to Reach Fort Worth

By Angela K. Brown
|  Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Dramatic Photos: 2011 Possum Kingdom Fires

Wildfires destroyed more than 150,000 acres near Possum Kingdom Lake -- photo taken April 19, 2011.

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A Texas forestry official says it's unlikely that a growing wildfire racing through parched wilderness west of Fort Worth could make it far enough east to threaten the heavily populated metropolitan area.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb told The Associated Press on Tuesday that fire crews would be able to establish "battle lines" between the blaze and the major city 70 miles to the west. The fire has scorched nearly 150,000 acres in the Possum Kingdom Lake area.

Most of Texas is in extreme drought and crews are battling wildfires in many parts of the state.

A weekend fire destroyed homes in the state capital, Austin. And wildfires have burned more than 1 million acres in Texas in the past week alone.

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