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Texas wildfires: Evacuation orders in place as blazes burn through parts of central counties

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Texas wildfires: Evacuation orders in place as blazes burn through parts of central counties

Evacuation orders have been in place for parts of Eastland, Brown and Comanche counties, said Kari Hines, a spokeswoman for the Texas A&M Forest Service. , so far there have been no reports of injuries. About 475 homes in Gorman were evacuated, officials said in an update to the state’s Inciweb wildfire information system.
“Evacuations are being completed in multiple affected towns, including Carbon, Lake Leon and Gorman,” Inciweb said. “Highway 6 through Carbon is closed.”
At least four fires that started this week make up the complex, the website said. The Forest Service said late Thursday that the complex has 0 percent control.
The Forest Service also said another fire in nearby Runnels and Coleman counties had burned about 7,000 acres late Thursday as “high winds contributed to increased fire activity.” The service said the fire was 50 percent contained.
“Highway 153 has been closed to non-emergency personnel,” the Coleman Fire Department said on Facebook Thursday night. “Multiple homes have been lost and crews are trying to stop the fire from escaping the road. Red Cross contacted Assist in the sanctuary operation.”

State Department of Transportation officials are also asking residents of Runnels and Coleman counties to “avoid the area from Carbon to Gorman to Lake Leon to allow first responders access so they can contain/extinguish wildfires in parts of Highway 6 that have been closed. .”

A woman waits for her companion to retrieve her belongings from her home, Thursday, March 17, 2022, as Abilene police inspect others evacuating a mobile home park.
People living north of the freeway are expected to be able to return to their homes “within a few hours,” the fire department said in a post late Thursday night.
Nearby, evacuations in Taylor County, which includes parts of Abilene, were lifted late Thursday, the National Weather Service in Abilene/San Angelo said late Thursday, but urged residents to remain vigilant as severe damage is expected The fire weather conditions will continue. The Storm Prediction Center warned earlier in the day that a “highly unstable fire environment” is expected in the Edwards Plateau, presenting an “extremely severe” fire risk to the region and the Permian Basin, which includes San Angelo.
Separately, the Forest Service responded to Thursday’s request for assistance in Sterling County for another fire that is more than 3,800 acres, or about 50 percent, it said.
A day earlier, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state’s emergency management department to activate additional resources to respond to “escalating fire weather conditions” and urged residents across the state to “maintain weather awareness and Other areas are working hard to implement wildfire safety. A week to keep their communities safe.”

CNN’s Amanda Musa, Melissa Alonso, and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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