Texas Grass Fire Burns 1K Acres, Prompts Evacuations

Sebastian Robertson

Sebastian Robertson

Parker County Judge Mark Riley says no structures were damaged and no injuries resulted from the fire that scorched 1,000 acres (405 hectares). Firefighters were still working Monday evening to fully extinguish it and douse hot spots.

Though the cause of the fire has not been determined, winds have been strong on Monday, gusting up to 40 miles per hour in the area, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce.

Monday afternoon the flames were getting close to residential homes in Willow Park, just north of I-20 near the I-20/I-30 split.

The fire is burning through an area along I-20 near Walsh Ranch Parkway, west of I-30 and I-20 merge.

The fire is located southeast of Willow Park; the smoke plume could be seen from satellite imagery released from the National Weather Service Fort Worth.

Coder Elementary School were going to have a delayed dismissal due to the fire, which was being called #FarmersRoadFire on social media.

Gusty winds and low humidity fostered the rapidly spreading prairie fire, but forecasters expected winds to diminish and humidity to increase overnight. Winds and dry conditions allowed the fire to spread west, toward the more populated part of the town.

Other wildfires were scattered throughout North Texas, some threatening homes.

Authorities had no reports of anyone hurt Monday in the grass fires with temperatures in the 50s and wind gusts in the teens.

In the city of Willow Park, fire threatened more than a dozen homes.

Flower Mound is 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Fort Worth.

Cazares was involved in a auto wreck Monday morning and by the afternoon, he was rushing back home to an encroaching fire.

One structure was damaged, Teague said, though he did not know what kind of structure it was.

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