Gov. Perry to view damage from Texas wildfires

By Betsy Blaney

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 12 2011 6:30 a.m. MDT

In this April 10, 2011, photo, a cow caught in a wildfire lies in a field between Marfa and Fort Davis, Texas. The fire danger remains high in West Texas where firefighters are battling a blaze that's destroyed dozens of homes in two communities, and crews are trying to contain fires elsewhere in the state.

bigbendnow.com, Alberto Tomas Halpern, Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry plans to view the devastation from wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres in Texas and left one firefighter critically hurt.

Perry is expected to head to Merkel, about 160 miles west of Fort Worth, on Tuesday.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Alan Craft says the biggest fires still burning have blackened about 80,000 acres in Presidio County, 25,000 acres in Brewster County and nearly 17,000 acres in Midland County.

Craft told The Associated Press that a wildfire has burned more than 103,000 acres in Stonewall, Knox and King counties, but that crews are "making good progress on that one."

A nursing supervisor at University Medical Center in Lubbock says firefighter Elias Jacques remains in critical condition with burns over 60 percent of his body.

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