West Texas Wildfire Destroys 7 Homes

February 2, 2016

An official says a wildfire destroyed seven homes in a rural area near the West Texas town of Eula. Meanwhile, a wildfire burned almost 3 square miles of ranch land north of Amarillo.

The fires, which both started on Jan. 30, came after experts had warned of an increased threat over the weekend in some areas because of warmer temperatures, moderate winds and low relative humidity.

Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Phillip Truitt said that the fire near Eula, which burned 1 square mile, was contained by Sunday evening. Evacuated residents were able to return by Saturday night. Two of the destroyed homes had been unoccupied.

Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Troy Ducheneaux says the wildfire near Amarillo was 95 percent contained on Feb. 1. It didn’t burn any structures.

Causes haven’t been determined.

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