Dry conditions spark wild fires in Houston area
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11(1)
A National Weather Service “red flag warning” was in effect for Tuesday afternoon, meaning heat, low humidity and wind could create conditions for wildfires that could quickly spread. Temperatures in the 70s were forecast in the region experiencing on of its worst droughts in 50 years.
Perry declared Texas a disaster area last week because of the fires and drought, and he said the declaration will help people to receive federal aid to rebuild.
No deaths were reported as a result of the nearly 60 fires that began burning Sunday in North and West Texas. Weary firefighters— including crews from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin—worked Monday to contain several of those fires.
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