At least 100 homes destroyed in Texas panhandle wildfire

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:52am

A Texas panhandle wildfire that destroyed 100 homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate is 75 % contained, authorities said Monday.

The Texas Forest Service provided a spotter airplane and two air tankers that dropped fire retardant, said Danny Richards, coordinator for the Hutchinson County Emergency Management.

A cold front that moved into the area raised humidity and helped firefighting efforts, he said.

Richards said up to 1,500 acres burned and 700-800 people evacuated their homes.

Fritch Police Chief Monte Leggett said the fire put the whole town at risk. It started about late Sunday afternoon and was driven by strong, shifting winds.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

CNN's Joe Sutton, Ed Payne and Dave Alsup contributed to this report

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