Fires Force Thousands From Homes

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:40pm

Raging Texas wildfires have already destroyed hundreds of homes.

Drought conditions and strong winds continue to fuel out-of-control wildfires across parts of east and central Texas.

Thousands have been left homeless by the fires.

Already in the grips of a record drought, the Lone Star State is kindling for dozens of out-of-control fires.

"The magnitude of these losses are pretty stunning, some 1,000 homes we've lost across the state, we're over 100,000 acres," Governor Rick Perry said in a Tuesday press briefing.

5,000 families have been evacuated while firefighters work to save their properties, both on the ground and in the air above.

Still, it may take mother nature to help gain the upper-hand.

Crews are hoping winds will remain calm, giving them a better chance to contain the flames.

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