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Officials: South Texas Wildfire Destroys 3 Homes, None Hurt

CASTROVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A wildfire has burned more an 1,000 acres in South Texas forcing some people to evacuate, destroying three homes and knocking out power to more than 100 others, officials said Sunday.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a disaster in Medina County during a news conference and said the blaze that's forced 40 households to evacuate was only 10% contained.

"You can rebuild property," Abbott said. "If you lose a life, you can't rebuild anything. These are challenging times across the State of Texas with regards to different kinds of disasters."

The fire has not caused any reported injuries or deaths, but officials in the county west of San Antonio warned residents remaining in the area that there was still high risk the flames could spread.

The wildfire began late Friday afternoon and worsened Sunday because of strong winds and low humidity. Similar conditions across Texas, including areas near DFW, will create environments ripe for further wildfires.

More than 200 firefighters are working to combat the blaze and Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart said that they are praying rain.

(© Copyright 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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