Wildfires destroy dozens of homes in Texas, Okla.

August 31, 2011 - 3:15 AM
Texas Wildfires Possum Kingdom

A helicopter drops water on a fire near the entrance to The Cliffs on the south east side Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. The fire had spread in Palo Pinto County by Tuesday night, agency spokesman John Nichols said. It comes just four months after massive blazes in roughly the same area scorched hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed 160 homes in the Possum Kingdom Lake area. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Robby Ferguson)

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) — Wildfires sweeping through parts of drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.

Firefighters working through the night were expected Wednesday to make progress on a fast-moving blaze in North Texas that had grown to at least 3,500 acres by late Tuesday.

Fueled by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures, the fire destroyed at least 20 homes in a lakeside community and was threatening about 125 others. A blaze earlier this year in roughly the same area charred 160 homes.

In Oklahoma City, a grassfire destroyed about a dozen homes and consumed 1,500 acres in a sparsely populated but heavily wooded area. Bursts of flame rose amid thick black smoke and utility poles lit up like matchsticks.

No major injuries have been reported.