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Homeless man facing arson charge over Texas fire

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 60-year-old homeless man is facing an arson charge after authorities say he started a campfire to cook eggs and left the hot coals unattended to buy beer before a fire broke out and damaged about a dozen homes.

An arrest affidavit released Monday says Michael Bernard Weathers initially told investigators he was cooking eggs in his vehicle but later admitted starting the campfire nearby. Most of parched Texas is under a burn ban.

Weathers was jailed Monday on $50,000 bond. No attorney was listed in online court records.

Austin fire officials say 10 homes were heavily damaged and six others had minor damage. One firefighter suffered a broken thumb.

The fire was 50 percent contained Monday morning.

Texas wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres in the past week.