Residents of evacuated town allowed to return

WHEELER, Texas (AP) - Wheeler County authorities say that residents of the town of Wheeler can return after being told to evacuate due to a wildfire.

Authorities had instructed residents to evacuate the Texas Panhandle town on Saturday afternoon.

David Rushing, county information officer, says that the wildfire is still burning, but that the town is not in immediate danger. He says that while residents are allowed to return, officials would prefer if residents would wait an hour or so before returning.

The instructions to evacuate came after a wildfire jumped the North Fork of the Red River and threatened the town of about 1,300 residents near the Texas-Oklahoma border, about 90 miles east of Amarillo.