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Forest service battling 14 fires

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DALLAS (AP) - The Texas Forest Service has responded to new wildfires in Montague and Kimble counties as hot, dry conditions prevail.

The new fires were reported Thursday and mostly contained by early Friday. Meanwhile, the fire that scorched the Possum Kingdom Lake area and destroyed about 40 homes was about 50% contained.

A new 1,100-acre fire in Montague County, fueled by tall grass south of Bowie, was 90% contained. A fire in Kimble County that burned 357 acres was 80% contained. That fire was just west of Fort McKavett.

Wildfires were also being fought in Walker, Briscoe, Wise, Edwards, Sutton, Coryell, Menard and Hall counties. The forest service was working 14 fires that have burned 20,654 acres.

Burn bans remain in effect in 251 of the state's 254 counties.