Texas wildfires: Some Texas wildfire evacuees return home to find little
A neighbor also lost her home, the branch reported.
Winds in central Texas are expected to ease on Saturday, but will likely strengthen again on Sunday, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said. But rain forecast for Monday could help put down the remaining blazes.
The Eastland complex, a combination of four fires in the middle of the state, triggered evacuation orders in parts of Eastland, Brown and Comanche counties a day earlier. Residents of those communities were allowed to return home Friday, Forest Service spokesperson Angel Lopez told CNN Friday afternoon.
“Evacuations and road closures in Carbon, Lake Leon and Gorman, and outlying rural areas are ongoing,” the update said. The Kidd Fire, by far the largest of the four at the complex, started Thursday and charred about 33,000 acres. He was 1% contained on Friday.
“I’ve been a fire chief here for 40 years and when you have something like that…it hurts. It hurts the whole community,” Rangers Fire Department Chief Darrell Fox said. “This church was there for 100 years.”
State Department of Transportation officials also asked residents of Runnels and Coleman counties “to avoid the area from Carbon to Gorman to Lake Leon to allow access for first responders, so that they can work to control/extinguish this wildfire that has closed” parts of Highway 6.
CNN’s Amanda Musa, Melissa Alonso, Joe Sutton and Andy Rose contributed to this report.