Wildfires still burning in Palo Pinto County

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Posted on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

PALO PINTO COUNTY — Two wildfires were still burning out of control in Palo Pinto County on Saturday with 25 percent containment.

If there was any good news, is was that the wind was not making things worse.

But the heat remained a major challenge for firefighters.

The Texas Forest Service has asked for more state help, and even air support, but the agency said those crews are needed even more to fight larger fires in West Texas.

So far, the fires have burned more than 3,700 acres — 1,800 acres in Dark Valley and 1,900 acres at Rhodes Ranch. The Rhodes Ranch fire was said to be 15 percent contained Saturday night; the Dark Valley blaze was about 45 percent contained.

So far, no homes have been damaged.

American Red Cross volunteers were in Palo Pinto County helping firefighters, handing out drinks and snacks to the crews.

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