Wildfires in Texas destroyed homes, forced evacuations, and killed one firefighter

Firefighters worked overnight since the blazes in Texas burned across about 655 sq. miles, and it forced hundreds of evacuations, destroyed at least 60 homes and one firefighter was killed on Friday.

Eastland Mayor Mark Pipkin said that the firefighter, Gregory M. Simmons, 51, died while battling a 3,000-acre blaze Friday afternoon near Eastland, a town about 130 miles west of Dallas. Simmons was overcome by smoke, fell in a ditch and was consumed by the fire, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the KTXS, due to a massive wildfire, Residents who were told to evacuate Saturday were not being allowed home at this time.

Rob McCorkle, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesma, said that the fire was really a bad one and this was unusual to have this many fires going across the state at the time, the Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune also reported that three large fires burning in Wichita County, about 150 miles northwest of Dallas near the Oklahoma border, had destroyed about 20 homes in the Iowa Park area. Also, eight more people were lost in Wichita Falls and people in surrounding communities were being told to stay alert to the fast-changing situation.

However, beside the firefighter's death, no other injuries have been reported, the Star Tribune reported.

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