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PALO PINTO (AP) – A sheriff says boats helped residents of a picturesque North Texas lakeside community flee after the second round of wildfires to scorch the area in just four months cut off their main escape route.READ MORE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Refuses To Hand Over January 6 Records
Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said dozens of residents in an upscale subdivision on Possum Kingdom Lake were moved from their homes to a nearby marina when wildfires broke out Tuesday. Waiting boats moved the residents across the lake away from the flames.
Mercer says the latest fire was estimated at 5,100 acres with 25 percent containment Wednesday. He says the 25 homes destroyed Tuesday were in an area that didn’t burn during April wildfires that consumed 160 homes and 127,000 acres in three counties.MORE NEWS: Dallas ISD: A Lot Involved In Keeping Doors Open During COVID-19 Surge
No major injuries have been reported.
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