Homes destroyed in fires near Amarillo

May 30, 2011 12:05:54 PM PDT
Two wildfires have destroyed at least 12 homes on the outskirts of the Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo. Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb says the fires began burning early Sunday evening. He says low humidity, temperatures in the 100s and high winds created favorable conditions for fires.

He says firefighters are still battling wildfires across Texas on Monday. About 2.8 million acres have burned in the state since November.

The Forest Service reports that a fire on the southern edge of Amarillo destroyed five homes and damaged four others. The fire destroyed about 200 acres and is about 90 percent contained.

Another fire to the northwest hit 1,243 acres, destroyed seven homes was about 80 percent contained on Monday.

Evacuations orders have been lifted in both areas.