Wildfires continued to scorch parts of Texas on Monday as a windowless storm system brought much needed rainfall at least a few days of high winds, meteorologists said.
The fires have previously been blamed for the deaths of two firefighters — one in Texas and one in Oklahoma.
The Eastland Complex, which includes multiple fires in one location, had burned almost 85 square kilometers, in an area about 120 miles west of Dallas with 30% contained as of Monday morning.
National weather service meteorologist Monique Sellers told the Dallas Morning News about 2.5 inches of rain had been forecast for about 2.5 inches Monday in Eastland County.
The major L fire prompted the evacuation of several small villages in Hood County, about 75 miles southwest of Dallas.
The blaze, known as Big L, had burnt around 23 sq km and was 5% contained.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Friday that 50 homes were destroyed.
More than 42k acres burned in the #EastlandComplex fire (between Abilene & Ft. worth) — hundreds of homes evacuated. There are other wildfires as well. This video from Carbon, Texas@LiveStormsMedia @MichaelBeardWX pic.twitter.com/353l4Dq2ru
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