Evacuations have been ordered in parts of Texas as wildfires burn across the state.
Several forest fires merged to form a “complex” that burned near Eastland, about 120 miles west of Dallas.
The fires had burned about 62.5 square miles (162 square kilometers) as of Friday morning, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. It was only 2 percent contained and fires burned in dense patches of bush and grass.
About 18,000 people live in Eastland County where the Great Fire burned.
Other smaller fires burned in other areas of Texas, and Thursday’s low humidity and high winds created an ideal scenario in which the blazes could quickly spiral out of control.
The Texas A&M Forest Service warned of a wildfire outbreak this week based on the forecast.
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“Complex” of fires
Several wildfires have merged to form what fire officials in Texas call a “complex.”
How contained are the fires?
The fires are only 2 percent contained and continue to burn in dense patches of bush and grass.
miles of destruction
The fires had burned about 62.5 square miles (162 square kilometers) as of Friday morning, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
where are the fires
The fires are burning near Eastland, about 120 miles west of Dallas.
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