The crew has made progress in controlling the huge wildfires in TexasOn March 22, 2022 by editor
Officials say firefighters are advancing on a massive Texas wildfire that was blamed for the death of a deputy last week.
ByThe Associated Press
March 22, 2022, 1:36 PM
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EASTLAND, Texas – Firefighters are advancing with a massive wildfire in Texas that was responsible for the death of a deputy last week, officials say.
The Eastland complex has burned about 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) since a series of wildfires began last week in an area 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Dallas. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire was about 60% under control as of Monday night, up from 30% the day before.
The fire has burned 147 structures so far and the deputy sergeant has died. Barbara Fenley, who went from house to house and told residents to evacuate, died, officials said.
Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Wes Moorehead said: “Extreme conditions across the state over the past week have had a profound effect on many communities and Texans living there. “These communities have suffered significant losses and we mourn with you.”
In Ranger, Texas, a man was arrested over the weekend on criminal charges related to a fire that destroyed several structures, including a 103-year-old church, police said.
Overall, crews have responded to 178 fires that have burned about 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) across the state since last Thursday, officials said.