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    High fire danger in Texas

    LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - Crews battled fires in Texas as state and
    federal forestry officials warned of an extremely high fire danger
    throughout the state.
    Thirteen fires involving 879 acres were fought in the state on
    Sunday, with most of those in West Texas, said Mahlon Hammetter, a
    fire prevention specialist with the Texas Forest Service. Dozens of
    grass fires broke out Sunday night in Parker County just west of
    Fort Worth. Figures weren't immediately available for Monday, but
    at least one fire continued to burn in West Texas.
    Drought conditions have left most of the state with a severe
    fire danger. Light rains have done little to provide relief,
    Hammetter said in a news release.
    "Light or spotty rains sometimes create the perception that
    fire danger has dropped enough for people to drop their guard about
    outdoor fire safety," Hammetter said. "Rains have been very hit
    and miss across East Texas, and fire danger remains at critical
    levels in most areas. Where only light rains have fallen, that
    moisture has already been baked out of vegetation by the summer
    heat."
    Officials say outdoor burning bans are in effect in 104 of
    Texas' 254 counties. In national forests and grasslands in the
    state, fires are allowed only in gas and propane grills, lanterns
    and stoves in developed recreation areas. Smoking is limited to
    enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites or in
    3-foot circular areas cleared of flammable material.
    Personnel are patrolling campgrounds and reminding people of the
    fire danger, said Gay Ippolito, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest
    Service.
    A total of 676 fires involving 30,441 acres have been fought
    this year by federal, state and local crews, said the Texas
    Interagency Coordination Center in Lufkin.

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    FORT DAVIS, Texas (AP) - Firefighters battling hot, windy
    conditions had a lightning-ignited blaze in the Davis Mountains
    mostly contained early Tuesday evening.
    The fire has scorched about 2,000 acres since Saturday at the
    Caldwell Ranch in Jeff Davis County. The incident commander
    declared the fire 75 percent contained, said Ron Perry, a spokesman
    for the Texas Forest Service.
    About 80 firefighters were battling the fire, which got within 4
    to 5 miles of the McDonald Observatory. The observatory and visitor
    center were open.
    "There's been no injuries, no structures lost and there have
    been no evacuations ordered," Perry said.
    Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters dropped 77,000
    gallons of water mixed with firefighting foam on the hottest spots
    of the fire Monday. Figures weren't available on Tuesday's drops.
    Meanwhile, crews Tuesday continued to monitor the site of a
    500-acre fire on Chinati Peak south of Marfa.
    The fires were among several to break out over the weekend in
    parched West Texas.
    State and federal forestry officials warned of an extremely high
    fire danger throughout Texas. Drought conditions have left most of
    the state with severe fire danger warnings.
    Outdoor burning bans were in effect in at least 105 of Texas'
    254 counties. The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a
    90-day ban on Tuesday.
    "For our residents in the rural areas, we suggest that you make
    sure that you keep an area of about 30 feet mowed around your home
    and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures,"
    said Randy Renois, fire marshal for the county, which includes Fort
    Worth.
    In national forests and grasslands in the state, fires are
    allowed only in gas and propane grills, lanterns, and stoves in
    developed recreation areas. Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles
    and buildings, developed recreation sites or in 3-foot circular
    areas cleared of flammable material.

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    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Two firefighters were hospitalized and three
    others were injured after being trapped in the middle of brush fire
    when their water ran out.
    Several Kimble County volunteer firefighters were battling a
    brush fire Sunday near the Mason County line when their truck
    engine died.
    "It just engulfed us. We had to run out through the fire. We
    couldn't see anything. We just followed a road we had come in on. I
    didn't think we were going to make it," said Vanessa Childress.
    Childress suffered burns on her face and arms. She was released
    Monday from the hospital.
    Firefighter Chris Lombrano remained hospitalized Monday but was
    removed from critical care.
    Three other firefighters suffered minor burns but were not
    hospitalized. The truck was slightly damaged.
    The firefighters were battling a 1,000-acre blaze that had
    reignited from a lightning strike days earlier.
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