Homes, Schools Evacuated as Texas Grass Fire Spreads

Parker County wildfire

Parker County wildfire

Authorities said the fire is moving east, but no evacuations are necessary, Barth said.

Cazares was involved in a auto wreck Monday morning and by the afternoon, he was rushing back home to an encroaching fire. "We've evacuated the school, evacuated all of our personnel and hopefully it's just going to move out and die and it won't jump I-30, which is the big concern now", said Howard Walsh III, with Walsh Development. The strong winds and low humidity were providing the flawless fuel for fires.

There were no reported injuries with either of the fires. Chief Lynn said they believe an electrical line out in an oil field started the fire.

Officials are working to put out a large grass fire in Flower Mound. A number of small structures, sheds and open outdoor storage areas, were destroyed by the fire but no homes suffered any damage.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said fire crews appeared to be making progress against the wildfire that has scored about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) near Willow Park, Texas, and forced evacuation of a nearby rural subdivision and school.

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The Wise County Sheriff's Department confirms a number of small fires were burning near Poolville, near county roads 3657 and 3673.

Parker County Judge Mark Riley issued a disaster declaration, allowing the county's road equipment to be moved on to private property to cut fire breaks.

He said its the first fire warning issued since 2011.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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