Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Residents evacuated as firefighters battle blaze in parched Texas

A raging wildfire in parched northern Texas burned out of control early Wednesday, destroying about 30 structures and forcing evacuations, a forestry official said.

"I don't think I have my head around it yet, it's just unbelievable," Linda Jackson told CNN affiliate KTVT-TV after losing her home to the fire. "I can't believe it."

The property was spared in April during another blaze, but Tuesday's fire burned everything they had.

"Before we knew it, it was coming," Jackson's husband, Paul, said. "(I'm) sick that I didn't get the pictures of our folks and things like that, that we didn't have time to get."

Fire containment is at or near zero, according to John Nichols with the Texas Forest Service.

"There's still a lot of work going on and a lot of stuff that's being threatened and they are doing the best they can to protect structures," Nichols said.

Some 125 homes were evacuated, the forest service said. more