Wildfires Sweep From Garza To Crosby Forcing White Lake Evacuations

Fires across the South Plains are being brought under control. Diminishing winds are helping reduce the threat of wildfires of the size that hit areas during the weekend. A fire in Garza County swept across 40,000 acres and crossed into Crosby County late yesterday. More than 60 homes were voluntarily evacuated in the White Lake area, but all of the residents were considered safe to return by late yesterday. DPS reported that Highway 380 was closed east of Post for about five miles. Garza County Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Isbell said the grass fires spread between Farm to Market Road 651 and Hwy. 207. The Texas State Operations Center reported one abandoned home and one oil tanker battery destroyed in the Garza County blaze.  In Terry County, the Prentice fire was contained after burning 15,000 acres and threatening five homes. The blaze did destroy three outbuildings and some 50 electric poles.

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