Texas Fires Scorch Million Acres

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 2:07pm

Drought-stricken state battling worst wildfires in its history.

Wildfires have spread across about 1.6 million acres in drought-stricken Texas, including a massive fire in North Texas that is still burning out of control.

Four wildfires around and south of Possum Kingdom Reservoir have burned about 63,000 acres as of Monday night and destroyed as many as 50 homes and three churches.

The Texas Forest Service said the four fires, which have been dubbed the "Possum Kingdom Complex," are burning in close proximity to each other, and some have burned together.

The PK Complex is only 25 percent contained, the forest service said Monday night.

200 firefighters from 20 departments are battling the PK Complex.

Earlier Monday, a Type 1 Incident Management Response was ordered for the area.

That means a federally or state certified team with the most robust training will oversee the response from this point forward.

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