Wildfire Resources Head to SE Texas

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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Several members of the <a title=Red Cross are on their way to Amarillo to help with wildfires sweeping West Texas." />

Chris Van Horne

Several members of the Red Cross are on their way to Amarillo to help with wildfires sweeping West Texas.

Damage from West Texas wildfires is being assessed as the Texas Forest Service moves firefighting resources to the southeast part of the state.

Spokesman Lewis Kearney said Wednesday that windy conditions have eased since wildfires that began Sunday burned about 120,000 acres in West Texas, but the it's still "a very high fire danger." He says more than 70 homes were destroyed.

Kearney told The Associated Press that Texas Department of Agriculture workers are helping to assess damage to livestock, fences and other property, in case government assistance is made available.

Kearney says about 15 wildfires were reported Tuesday in Tyler, Jasper, Hardin, Orange and San Augustine counties, involving a total of nearly 300 acres.

A helicopter based in Granbury is relocating to Jasper, along with bulldozers.

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