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Wildfires force evacuations in Rotan area


DALLAS (AP) — Residents of a West Texas town of 1,500 are back in their homes after evacuating for several hours as wildfires threatened the community.

Department of Public Safety Sr. Trooper Sparky Dean says officers went door to door to advise residents of Rotan to leave their homes Thursday night. Dean on Friday told The Associated Press that evacuees were allowed to return shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, when the winds shifted and the threat eased. Nobody was hurt.

The Texas Forest Service says Highway 70, Highway 92 and County Road 413 were closed over fires in Fisher, Kent and Stonewall counties. The roads reopened late Thursday.

More than 200,000 acres, mainly in West Texas, burned this week during dry, windy conditions.