Firefighter injured in central Texas as wildfires rage

Extreme weather events across the country are causing the wildfires.

Extreme weather events are causing deadly wildfires across the country.

A central Texas wildfire that started this weekend has burned more than 11,000 acres and injured a firefighter, according to Hood County officials. Forest service officials said the fire started in Erath County and is moving north.

The wildfire, known as “Big L” by the Texas A&M Forest Service, started in a grassy area where it began to spread rapidly due to the wind gusts and dry heat. The Hood County Emergency Management Department said the town of Lipan, about 18 miles west of Granbury, was… evacuated and residents were urged to move east toward Granbury.

By Monday morning, the Big L fire was about 20% under control and residents who have been evacuated were allowed to return home.

Four firefighters were injured after a fight with the “Big L”, according to Hood County officials† A firefighter suffered first-degree burns but has since been treated and released from hospital. The other three firefighters suffered from dehydration and have since recovered, officials said.

A red flag warning and high wind warnings have been issued for some areas of southern Texas as gusty winds and dry conditions continue to fuel wildfires.

With wildfires raging across Texas, severe storms expected to arrive later Monday night into Tuesday morning could potentially bring the precipitation needed to combat the dry heat and strong winds.

Jim Ryan of ABC reports:

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