Rapidly spreading wildfire in Texas has destroyed several residences and forced hundreds of people in the area to evacuate near Old Highway, reports show from Thursday.
“Multiple fires in Eastland County have been combined into the #EastlandComplex. This includes the #WallingFire. Fires are burning actively in heavy brush and are an estimated 13,000 acres. The Southern Area Grey Incident Management Team Type 3 has been ordered,” Incident Information – Texas A&M Tweeted.
CBS DFT reported that the Eastland Complex wildfire erupted in Texas on Thursday after small flames spread through dry grass and converged across the region.
“The blaze has already torched about 38,000 acres,” reporter Bill Wadell of AccuWeather Tweeted.
“75 homes in Gormas are being evacuated,” Wadell added.
“UPDATE: The #EastlandComplex fire has burned a combined 38,000 acres.
Shelters have been opened at Eastland First Baptist Church, Eastland FEMA Shelter / Siebert Elementary, and Mountain Top Church/ Wilks Center.
We saw this pickup burning just outside Eastland #breaking,” Tweeted Bill Wadell.
Meanwhile, fire officials told CBS that “multiple homes were lost,” in Coleman. Other buildings, including a church and city of rangers, have been destroyed due to fire eruption.
Allegedly, the fire quickly spread due to ‘high winds and low humidity in the area.’
The affected Texas city has opened several shelters for displaced residents to provide accommodation.
In another Tweet, Wadell shared the exact numbers of the houses that were destroyed due to the wind-driven brush fire along with a video in Texas.
“Officials say 475 homes in #Gorman #Texas are being evacuated as the #EastlandComplex Fire is fueled by a “northwestern wind shift”. Families warned to head south.
The Lake Leon area is also being evacuated. This is what it looked like moments ago,” he Tweeted.
People are sending in prayers for those affected due to the incident. “Praying for The people of Eastland County, Texas… a lot of folks lost everything today in the wild fire,” a Twitter user wrote. “Smell smoke today in Houston?? A wildfire in North Texas has burned roughly 40,000 acres and is 2% contained. Evacuations are underway. Several firefighters from Houston area fire departments are working to get the flames under control,” Emmy Award winning reporter, Matthew Seedorff, Tweet.