Massive fire near Aspermont continues burning

Provided by Julie Lawrence Curtis
Provided by Julie Lawrence Curtis

ASPERMONT, Texas (AP) - A massive range fire than has burned more than 61,000 acres continued to elude control amid dry, windy conditions in West Texas.

Alan Craft of the Texas Forest Service said the fire was "0% contained" on Saturday afternoon and expected to continue spreading. Some power poles in Knox and Stonewall counties were damaged, and livestock has been lost. So far, no towns have been threatened.

Two unoccupied houses have burned.

About 100 members of the Texas Forest Service have been fighting the wildfire by land and air, along with local volunteer departments.

Craft said the fire started Wednesday, sparked by pipe cutting.

More hot and dry conditions were expected to combine for a high fire danger all weekend.

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