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Texas Panhandle wildfire destroys 156 structures

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Posted: May 12, 2014 9:28 PM

Updated: May 12, 2014 9:29 PM

FRITCH, Texas (AP) Firefighters say they still have a grip on a Texas Panhandle wildfire that has destroyed 156 structures, including at least 89 homes.

No injuries have been reported from the fire that has scorched a 4-square-mile area around Lake Meredith, between the towns of Sanford and Fritch.

Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Troy Duchneaux (doosh-NOH') says about 2,100 people remain evacuated from roughly 1,300 homes as of late Monday.

He says the fire is still about 65 percent contained and the prospects for continued success are good, with early morning temperatures in the upper 30s expected and relative humidity expected to reach 60 percent. He says a house-by-house search and damage assessment is planned for Tuesday.

Topics: Texas Panhandle-Wildfire

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