Texas firefighters battled 175 blazes in the past week that have scorched nearly 95,000 acres, according to the state Forest Service


“Firefighters set up a line at Star Hollow Road south of Lipan and that’s where they stopped it from spreading,” the tweet added.

Hood County, located on the Edwards Plateau, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. Erath County to the west is home to two of North America’s largest renewable natural gas plants.

Over the past week, firefighters have been trying to protect people and homes as 175 wildfires have burned about 95,000 acres across Texas, the state Forest Service said Sunday.

As of Sunday, there were 23 active wildfires, Texas A&M Forest Service spokeswoman Erin O’Connor said. The biggest was the Eastland Complex Fire which devastated central Texas.
The complex was a combination of four fires on Saturday, according to Texas A&M Forest Service. On Sunday, three more fires had been added, totaling about 54,015 acres and only 30% contained, the forest service said.

The seven Eastland Complex fires include:

  • Kidd Fire, Eastland County (42,333 acres, 40% confined)
  • Blowing Basin Fire, Eastland County (est. 258 acres, 50% contained)
  • Cedar Mountain Fire, Eastland County (est. 179 acres, 0% content)
  • Oak Mott Fire, Brown County (4,031 acres, 75% contained)
  • Wheat Field Fire, Eastland County (7,268 acres, 55% contained)
  • Mangum Fire, Eastland County (est. 11 acres, 85% content)
  • Walling Fire, Eastland County (383 acres, 100% contained)
The first four fires that formed the Eastland Complex Fire started Wednesday and Thursday, the forest service said. More than 140 structures are reported destroyed, firefighters saidwithout distinction between dwellings, shops or outbuildings.

On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said at least 50 homes in three communities had been destroyed.

Some relief could come Monday afternoon as the region is expected to be in the path of severe storms and could receive up to two inches of rain, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said. Statewide, severe weather could affect up to 20 million Texans throughout the afternoon and evening, Shackelford added.

Abbott ordered the state’s Office of Emergency Management to mobilize several units and put them on standby for rapid deployment, including two search and rescue teams and several speedboat teams.

The Eastland Complex Fire rages through central Texas on Sunday.
At least one person has died from the flames. Eastland County Deputy Sgt. Barbara Fenley died Thursday night while helping evacuate people in the town of Carbon, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth.

She was last heard from on her way to help an elderly person, the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Amid deteriorating conditions and low visibility due to smoke, Fenley drove off the roadway and was killed in the flames, the sheriff’s office said.

Abbott, who issued a disaster declaration for 11 counties, including Eastland, on Friday, ordered the flags to be lowered in honor of Fenley.

“We will never forget his sacrifice,” the governor said.

CNN’s Claudia Dominguez, Paradise Afshar, Holly Yan and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.


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