Texas wildfires: More than 1,000 homes lost, thousands evacuated


The Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2011

The wildfires in Texas continue to roar out of control, destroying more than 1,000 homes. With seemingly no end to the flames in sight, more than 5,000 residents were evacuated from the most-threatened areas.

Gov. Rick Perry told CBS that he hopes that today’s forecast calling for cooler temperatures and slowing winds would help firefighters make headway. But he stressed: “It’s still a very critical and very fluid situation.”

The fires are being fueled by unforgiving weather conditions — the region’s relentless drought conditions and high winds attributed to former Tropical Storm Lee.

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