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Possum Kingdom Lake-Area Wildfires Contained

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A bull tries to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

A bull tries to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH (AP/KRLD) – Stubborn wildfires that burned for more than two weeks and blackened about 125,000 acres of a Texas recreational area have been contained.

The Texas Forest Service on Friday reported that wildfires in the Possum Kingdom Lake area were 100 percent contained. “They will still monitor it of course, but it is declared contained,” said Kelly King with the Texas Forest Service. “It means they have a good tart perimeter around the fire and essentially they’ve pulled the crews away from the fire.”

The blazes, about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, were first reported April 13. The agency says at least 167 homes and two churches were destroyed.

The Texas Forest Service says extreme fire conditions remain from Amarillo to Midland, extending across the Guadalupe Mountains and far West Texas. “They’re expecting gusts over 50 miles an hour in the panhandle and the southwest part of the state,” explained King. “The dryline is moving steadily east as the weather changes toward the weekend.”

Elevated fire weather conditions were expected across the southern two-thirds of East Texas.

The agency says 212 of the state’s 254 counties had burn bans in effect Friday.

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