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KENNEDALE (CBSDFW.COM) - The extreme heat and dry conditions took their toll on area grasslands Thursday, as three large wildfires burned on opposite sides of the Metroplex. Although most of the flames hit dried grass, several homes and buildings were also burned, many destroyed.

In the Tarrant County areas of Rendon and Kennedale – one of the hardest hit places – a reported 18 fire departments worked to battle many small grass fires that burned across a very large area. In Kennedale alone, 40 acres burned as one home and two sheds were flattened.

The largest fire burned near Rendon, off of Dick Price Road.

Deputy Tarrant County Fire Marshal Mike Rehfeld said that at least three Tarrant County homes were destroyed by fires, which had burned several hundred acres. However, no injures were reported.

Firefighters remained in Tarrant County on Friday morning to monitor hot spots.

Meanwhile, on the west side of Johnson County, a fire burned near Godley and Joshua. It required 21 different fire departments to assist after winds shifted and flames moved fast. The Johnson County fire burned about 300 acres, including three homes and a barn.

“The fire burned to my porch, but it didn’t touch my house, and that’s an answer to prayer,” said Johnson County homeowner Jerri Dillbeck. “I’m so thankful. I will never be able to thank God for what He did.”

Two firefighters in Johnson County had to be treated for heat-related injuries. There were no other reports of injuries to people or livestock in the area.

Viewer Gary Akers sent pictures of scorched land and smoke rising from the fire line.

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The Johnson County fire was contained at about 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

Looking east to Hunt County, one fire burned near Greenville. There, flames consumed a number of boats that were parked in a field. And another Hunt County fire burned nearly 300 acres close to the White Rock community. The Texas Forest Service’s aerial unit was called to assist with these wildfires.

The American Red Cross was called to various locations across North Texas to assist any families who have been displaced by these fires. The agency has asked that anyone who needs assistance contact them at redcrossdallas.org.

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