Forests say fires are expected in parts of Texas due to wildfires.
EASTLAND, Texas – Fires continued in parts of Texas on Monday, and a hurricane could bring much-needed rain as well as strong winds, forecasters said.
The fires have already killed two firefighters – one in Texas and one in Oklahoma. The largest wildfire, known as the Eastland Complex, burned about 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) in an area about 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Dallas and was under 30% control until Sunday.
Monik Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Dallas Morning News that about one inch (2.5 cm) of rain was forecast in Eastland County on Monday.
“The rain will alleviate how dry it was in the grassland prone to fires,” he said. “Unfortunately, Monday is the only day we can see any rain for the foreseeable future, and windy days will continue.”
Another fire caused the evacuation of several small towns in Hood County, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southwest of Dallas. That fire, known as the Big El Fire, burned about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and was 5% controlled.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that 50 homes had been destroyed.
In southwestern Oklahoma, a firefighter died fighting a fire over the weekend, although the fire has been under control ever since, officials said. And in Texas, Deputy Sergeant. Barbara Fenley died last week while telling residents to leave their homes, authorities said.