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Weather Decreases TX Wildfire Dangers

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    Emergency crews battle a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Strawn, Texas. Dozens of area homes have been destroyed in the wildfires that have been fueled by dry conditions, high winds, and low humidity.

    Calmer winds and higher humidity led to a welcome decrease in new wildfire activity across Texas.

    The Texas Forest Service continued to battle blazes from previous days but only saw a few new smaller fires pop up in East Texas on Saturday.

    Officials said areas of critically dry West Texas continued to be the hot spots.

    More than 400 firefighters and support personnel were battling the massive fire in Presidio and Jeff Davis counties that has scorched nearly 311,000 acres. Crews were conducting burnouts, operating from a base camp at Fort Davis State Park.

    A fire that has burned 150,000 acres southwest of Ozona in Val Verde County threatened several ranch houses. A burnout was planned north of the fire.

    Burn bans affected 211 of the state's 254 counties.