Winds abate, Texas wildfires closer to containment

WHEELER, Texas (AP) - Firefighters are making progress controlling a 15,000-acre wildfire that destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of Wheeler.

The fire was about 50% contained today as winds began to die down.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Lewis Kearney says Thursday's outlook places all of Texas under critical wildfire danger when low humidity and high winds are forecast.

Emergency management personnel in the Wheeler area are assessing damage and loss of livestock.

The weekend fire forced evacuation of the Texas Panhandle town of about 1,300.

Residents have been allowed to return and electricity is back on.


At least four houses, two businesses and six outbuildings were destroyed in a fire in Aransas County. The fire, which covered about 70 acres, threatened at least 100 homes and closed a portion of Texas Highway 35.

A nearly 2,200 acre wildfire in Jack County was about 75% contained today.

A 300-acre blaze that began Saturday in Jeff Davis County was about 90% contained today.

A 410-acre fire that began Saturday in Shackelford County was 95% contained.

A 215-acre fire in Nolan County was 95% contained.