Storms In Wildfire Areas Could Do More Harm Than Good
MINERAL WELLS (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – Firefighters battling the wildfires in North Texas may get rain today and tomorrow — but it may do more harm than good.
A forecaster with the National Weather Service says most areas probably won’t get any rain, and for those that do, the wind and lightning typical of a thunderstorm could fan or expand fire. He does see a bright side, though, in the increasing humidity.
Chopper 11 shot this video of the PK Complex Fire on Tuesday:
The Texas Forest Service says the wildfire around Possum Kingdom Lake has swallowed 150 homes and a church as it’s churned through 150,000 acres. Another 400 people were evacuated last night from the town of Palo Pinto.
The Possum Kingdom Lake fire is only one of several massive blazes across the state that have charred more than 1.5 million acres in the past week.
LINKS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
- Interactive map following active wildfires in Texas
- Resources for what to do after experiencing a wildfire
- Wildfire safety tips from the state
- For those who wish to donate to firefighters battling the blazes, donate in Weatherford at City Hall, Weatherford College Student Services Center, South Main Church of Christ, or the Weatherford Walmart.
- You can also donate to the American Red Cross’s efforts from your cell phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.
Copyright 2011 CBS Local Media. The Associated Press contributed to this report.