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12 homes destroyed in fires near Amarillo

12 homes destroyed in fires near Amarillo
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:04am

Texas Forest Service officials say two wildfires destroyed at least 12 homes on the outskirts of the Panhandle city of Amarillo.

Both fires were 100 percent contained by early Monday evening. Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb says the fires began burning early Sunday evening. He says low humidity, temperatures in the 100s and winds from about 40 to 50 mph created favorable conditions for fires.

Webb says firefighters were battling wildfires across Texas, where about 2.8 million acres have burned since November.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Timothy Evans says the fire of about 100 acres on the southern edge of Amarillo destroyed five homes and damaged four others.

A 1,243-acre fire to the northwest destroyed seven homes.

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