FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Strong, gusty winds swept across the region Tuesday, driving fast-moving wildfires that chased people from their homes, took down power lines and delayed some flights.
No deaths were reported. Firefighters scrambled to douse the flames, fueled mostly by dry grass, as the wind in north Texas hit 50 mph.
Conditions were similar in late 2005 and early 2006, when strong winds, low humidity, and dry grass and brush set the stage for fires that charred 2.25 million acres statewide, destroyed more than 730 homes and killed 20 people.
"It's starting to seem like 'Here we go again,"' said Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Carrie Smith.
The wind fanned several wildfires that authorities suspect were deliberately set in western Arkansas at Fort Chaffee, spreading flames to vacant barracks on the former Army base that an official said were scheduled to be torn down.