About 110,000 acres burn in West Texas wildfires

About 110,000 acres burn in West Texas wildfires
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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 9:07pm

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Wind-driven wildfires in West Texas have
destroyed nearly 70 homes, burned more than 110,000 acres and
claimed one life.


Gusty conditions hung on today.


Officials say downed power lines could have caused several fires
in the Panhandle, and a welder started another blaze.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Mark Stanford says in the Midland area, sparks
from a car's tire rim started a fire after a tire blew.


At least 68 homes have been destroyed, including 10 in Colorado
City and the rest in the Amarillo area.


A traffic accident yesterday on Interstate 20 near Midland,
during smoke conditions, killed a 5-year-old girl.
 

The National Weather Service recorded gusts of nearly 70 mph in
the Amarillo area yesterday. Winds are calmer today.
 

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