Evacuation order lifted for large West Texas fire

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Officials say all evacuation orders have been lifted for a stubborn but remote West Texas wildfire that has burned about 150,000 acres.

The Texas Forest Service said Wednesday residents were cleared to return to an area about 250 miles west of Dallas. Several communities and hundreds of homes were threatened, but the agency lists no structure damage.

A converted DC-10 jetliner that is one of the biggest firefighting planes in the world was used on the Wildcat Fire. Forest service spokeswoman Nicole Hawk says the jet carries up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant.

The agency listed 23 active fires in various stages of containment that have burned a total of slightly more than 1 million acres, or nearly 1,600 square miles. Some have been burning for weeks.