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West Texas Fires Contained As Danger Moves South

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Firefighters have contained wind-driven wildfires that burned about 121,000 acres in West Texas and the Panhandle, but there is a danger of blazes breaking out in the
south.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Lewis Kearney says lower winds have helped firefighters contain the intense blazes that began Sunday. They include a 30,000-acre fire that destroyed several dozen
homes near Amarillo, and a 40,000-acre fire that forced the evacuation of the town of Matador.

Kearney says Monday's critical areas stretch from Austin to San Antonio to Houston because of low humidity, warm temperatures and very dry conditions.

Officials say a 5-year-old girl was killed in a car crash Sunday on a smoke-filled highway near Midland, and a volunteer firefighter was injured near Colorado City.

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