Grass Fire Burns Through Dynamite Facility Without Ignition

Zephyr is about 125 miles southwest of Fort Worth

A grass fire that prompted an evacuation in a small Central Texas town has safely "burned through" a dynamite storage site, leaving the explosives untouched, officials say.[[488988821,R]]

Some 200 residents were evacuated from Zephyr at about 6 p.m. Monday when the fire neared the Orica plant.

Clay Bales, a forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, said the plant was deemed safe after the fire passed through without damaging the explosives.

Emergency managers subsequently told residents they could return home, except for those living on roads that emergency crews had closed to traffic.

The Forest Service said the fire scorched about 500 acres and was not contained as of late Monday.

No injuries have been reported.

Zephyr is about 125 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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