South Texas wildfires burn 8,000 acres, 1 home

South Texas wildfires burn 8,000 acres, 1 home

04 January 2011

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USA — Weekend wildfires burned at least 8,000 acres, including part of the sprawling King Ranch, and one home in South Texas.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Tuesday that the Texas Forest Service is moving more firefighting resources into the region as dry conditions linger.

James Barrie with the Texas Forest Service says heavy equipment can dig up grassy areas to block fires. He says aircraft probably will be staged in Alice

The largest fire scorched about 3,200 acres in Jim Wells and Kleberg counties. King Ranch general manager Dave Delaney says nobody was hurt and no structures or animals were harmed. Ben Bolt Fire Chief Patrick Thomas says the blaze was started by children playing with fireworks.

Authorities say a fire that destroyed a home in Loyola Beach apparently began with trash burning.

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