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Over 2 dozen fires burning in this state amid dangerous heat

24 new wildfires burn in North Texas, heat continues to create threatening conditions.

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The Texas A&M Forest Services reports that 24 new wildfires burned 7,774 acres in north Texas on Tuesday, prompting an evacuation order that was later lifted.

Officials have warned that the risk of fires in the area will persist as long as there is high humidity, strong winds, and a lack of precipitation.

The fire, known as the Chalk Mountain Fire, started in Somervell County on Tuesday and quickly moved into neighboring Hood County, prompting the mandatory evacuation.

Around 7:45 p.m., the judge in Hood County ordered everyone to leave the areas around Hutchinson, Coleman Ranch Road, Rock Church Highway, and Nocal in Tolar. The order was lifted roughly two hours later.

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According to the Texas A&M Forest Service as of Wednesday morning, the Chalk Mountain Fire had burned 6,000 acres, destroyed at least 12 structures, and was only 10% contained.

The number of residential buildings that were hit is unknown as of Wednesday morning, according to the service.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma on Wednesday due to the risk of severe weather, including high winds of up to 30 miles per hour, dry vegetation that can serve as a fire source, and temperatures of up to 110 degrees.

About 70 miles west of Fort Worth, a fire at Possum Kingdom Lake had burned 500 acres and been contained at 10% as of Tuesday night, prompting a response from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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The fire service reported that at least five structures had been destroyed.

The service reported that bulldozers were used to create containment lines around the fires and that planes were used to drop water on the blazes.

No injuries have been reported from either fire as of Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, residents of the 214 counties where burn bans have been issued by the Texas A&M Fire Service are prohibited from engaging in any outdoor burning activities.

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About 500 acres have been burned and the East County Fire in Kaufman County is only 40% contained.

The West Bend Fire, which has burned 6,522 acres, and the Nethery Road Fire, which has burned 3,262 acres, are two examples of the large fires that have reached 80 to 90 percent containment.

The service warned that the risk of major fires is moving eastward across Texas, joining the ongoing fires in north Texas.

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