West Texas community evacuated in face of wildfire

April 27, 2011 1:52:32 AM PDT
At least two homes have burned and a West Texas community near Odessa has been evacuated after new wildfires erupted in parts of the windswept, tinder-dry region. Two fires prompted the evacuation of the 800-resident community of Pleasant Farms, about 12 miles south of Odessa. Reporters on the scene say two homes in the subdivision already have burned. No injuries have been reported.

Westerly winds of up to 30 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph combined with relative humidity readings in the single digits to create an explosive wildfire potential in the area, which has suffered from destructive wildfires for more than two weeks.

The National Weather Service predicted an extreme potential for wildfires in all of Texas except for North, Central and East Texas on Wednesday.