Firefighters still battling three-county fire southeast of Lubbock

Volunteer firefighters are still battling a three-county fire southeast of Lubbock.

A massive wildfire in Kent County destroyed homes and buildings in Kent County. The Cooper Mountain Ranch fire spread east last night into Stonewall and Fisher counties.

Residents of Rotan - which is about 150 miles southeast of Lubbock in Fisher County - are back in their homes after evacuating for several hours last night.

A Kent County judge said livestock were killed in the blaze. He said crews will be assessing the damage today, and the fire is semi-contained.

The Texas Forest Service (TFS) said elevated to near critical fire weather conditions are likely Friday over much of Central and South Texas due to the gusty northerly winds combining with relative humidity in the teens.

Sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph will prevail across East Texas and this combined with relative humidity in the 15 to 20 percent range will create elevated to critical fire weather this afternoon.

Thursday, TFS responded to nine fires burning 10,286 acres. The South Fork Fire (Shelby County) was contained at 145 acres, the Killough Fire (Garza County) was contained at 54,000 acres, and the Camp Bowie Fire (Brown County) was contained at 3,355 acres.

In the past seven days TFS has responded to 78 fires burning 460,850 acres.

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