King, Knox, and Stonewall Counties, situated to the east of Lubbock and north of Abilene, west of Dallas, are dealing with a huge wildfire that was started by sparks flying from pipe-cutting last week, according to various sources. CNN has fairly detailed coverage of the fire at the moment.
An entire subdivision in Fort Davis had to be evacuated, and several homes were lost. Cattle herds are also at risk and hundreds have already been lost to the fire, which at last reports covers an area of 125 square miles, and according to a Texas Forest Service spokesman last night, was “0% contained so far.”
The situation is extremely serious today as the hot, dry weather continues, and the winds pick up with gusts expected up to 50 mph. Hundreds of local firefighters as well as the Texas Forest Service firefighters are battling the blaze as it continues to spread.
The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, due to the high winds and dry conditions. A grass fire is currently burning near Cleveland, Oklahoma, which has prompted evacuations. There are no current reports of injuries.