A confluence of intense winds, dehydrated vegetation and bone dry conditions could fuel a further wildfire Monday in southwest Texas, where hundreds of people were forced from their homes and dozens of buildings destroyed.

The wildfire known as’ Big L ‘by the Texas A & M Forest Service has burned over 11.000 acres of land, killing 11,000 firefighter and wounding 11,000 others, authorities in Hood County said.

A cold front was expected on Tuesday, which will bring more moisture.

Forest Department officials said the large-scale fire broke out in Erath County and was moving northward.

A prescribed evacuation order for the town of Lipan, 85 miles west of Dallas, was lifted Monday after the Big L wildfire forced some 700 people to leave their homes over the weekend.

Texas A&M Forest Service

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Texas A&M Forest Service is an agency chartered by the Texas Legislature to manage the interests of Texas’ forests. The Legislature created the service in 1915. (wikipedia)

Eastland County, Texas

Eastland County is a county located in central West Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 17,725. The county seat is Eastland. The county was founded in 1858 and later organized in 1873. (wikipedia)