A 15,000-acre wildfire near Wheeler, Texas has destroyed at least 8 homes and 26 outbuildings, which include barns. Only 25% of the fire has been contained so far. 1,300 residents were evacuated this weekend, but were later allowed to return home.
Another fire in Aransas County has destroyed 4 houses, 2 businesses, and 6 outbuildings. Hundreds of homes are threatened by this blaze.
High winds are blamed for the difficulties in containing the fires.
The Associated Press also reports:
“Meanwhile, a 2,170-acre wildfire in Jack County was about 75 percent contained Sunday, officials said. More than a dozen households were evacuated Saturday night, but were allowed to return home about midnight.
Fire crews also were battling three other wildfires in northern parts of the state.
Forest Service officials said 24 firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation Saturday.”
The best way to prevent damage is to plan ahead. Know the risks of your area, home, and business so they can be eliminated or taken care of as best possible.
Wildfires are dangerous and have a mind of their own. One’s livelihood and worldly possessions can be taken away in what seems a matter of moments by a fire. Prevention and proper fire restoration are key to getting your life back to normal.