MINERAL WELLS, Texas — Since evacuating her lakeside Texas home, Jackie Fewell has turned her hotel room into the information hub for one of the state’s largest wildfires, working the phones and using the Internet to get the word out to worried residents.
Fewell, her husband and several friends have been updating a blog she created about the fire around Possum Kingdom Lake, a community of mostly weekend homes about 70 miles west of Fort Worth. The fire has burned for nearly a week, tearing through several communities, consuming 150,000 acres and destroying about 150 homes and a church, according to the Texas Forest Service.
CNN quotes Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor: “We’re actually seeing Texas burn from border to border. We’ve got it in west Texas, in east Texas, in north Texas, in south Texas — it’s all over the state. We’ve got one in the Dallas area that’s four fires that have actually merged together.”