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#294 Fire now at 15,000 acres; 24 homes saved

Air support is being deployed to fight the #294 Fire still burning through rough terrain in Armstrong and Donley counties. (Texas A&M Forest Service)

UPDATE: 1:12 p.m.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, 24 homes have been saved from the 294 Fire in Armstrong and Donley Counties.

The total losses include one unoccupied home, three miscellaneous outbuildings and about 80 bales of hay. The fire is reported as being within containment lines at this point.


ORIGINAL:

The fire burning through brush in the canyon breaks of Armstrong and Donley counties is the target of several large air tankers loaded with fire retardant, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service update.

The fire, identified as the #294 Fire, has been burning since Monday afternoon. It has consumed about 15,000 acres, and is reported to be 60 percent contained, according to the TFS update.

Joining the fight are four large air tankers, each holding 3,000 gallons of retardant, and two heavy helicopters, the TFS said.

At one point Tuesday, the fire had been 70 percent contained at 6,500 acres, but the wind caused the fire to flair back to life, fire officials said Tuesday.

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