Evacuations continue amid Texas wildfire threat

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM

STONEHAM, Texas—A chance of rain for wildfire-damaged Southeast Texas has emergency personnel hopeful that weather could help knock down the flames.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Justice Jones said Tuesday that officials are monitoring the forecast for Grimes County, which includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Jones raised concerns about thunderstorms that can bring variable winds.

Jones says residents of more than 1,800 homes and businesses that had to be evacuated Monday have no indication on when they’ll be allowed to return.

Jones told The Associated Press that wildfires have burned about 5,000 acres in the area. The fires were 10 to 15 percent contained Tuesday.

Jones says at least two people were injured and about 30 structures destroyed.

The area is about 60 miles northwest of Houston.

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