CASTROVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A forest fire in South Texas has burned more than 1,000 acres, forced some people to evacuate, destroyed three homes and cut off electricity to more than 100 people.
Governor Greg Abbott announced the disaster in Medina during a news conference, saying only 10 percent of the fires that forced the evacuation of 40 homes had been prevented.
“You can rebuild the property,” Abbott said. “If you lose a life, you can’t recover anything. These are difficult times in Texas because of all sorts of disasters. ”
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There were no reports of injuries or deaths in the blaze, but officials in the western state of San Antonio warned residents who remained in the area that the risk of the blaze spreading was still high.
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The forest fire started on Friday afternoon and intensified on Sunday due to strong winds and low humidity. Similar conditions in Texas, including areas near DFW, will create ripe environments for future forest fires.
More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze, and Chris Schuchart, the mayor of Medina, said they were praying for rain.
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Forest fire destroys 3 houses in South Texas, none damaged – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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