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W. Texas Wildfire Still Not Contained



    W. Texas Wildfire Still Not Contained
    The home of Tim Menzer burns in Choctaw, Okla., Thursday, April 9, 2009. Gusting winds and dry conditions fueled wildfires across Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday, destroying or damaging homes, forcing evacuations and shutting down parts of a major highway in Oklahoma.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Summer-like weather has contributed to spring wildfires still raging in parts of dry West Texas.

    Texas Forest Service spokesman Alan Craft says a fire that's blackened 120,000 acres in Presidio and Jeff Davis counties was not contained Wednesday.

    Craft told The Associated Press that aircraft and ground personnel were fighting the fire, which started Saturday and has burned as many as 50 homes.

    The National Weather Service forecast Wednesday was partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s in the mountains to the upper 90s along the Rio Grande, plus winds of up to 30 mph.

    Gov. Rick Perry took an aerial tour of burned parts of Stonewell County on Tuesday.

    Most of Texas is under an outdoor burn ban -- see a map here.  In North Texas, Denton, Tarrant and Johnson counties, as well as most counties to the west are under a burn ban.  Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Rockwall and Hunt counties are not under a burn ban.