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Officials downgrade size of wildfire near Possum Kingdom Lake

Published On: May 14 2013 10:29:56 AM CDT
Updated On: May 14 2013 04:08:18 PM CDT
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PALO PINTO, Texas (AP) -

Authorities say a wildfire that continues to burn in North Texas is significantly smaller than originally thought.
    
The Texas A&M Forest Service on Tuesday said the fire near Possum Kingdom Lake covers 39 acres and not the 130 acres originally estimated. Forest Service spokesman Nick Harrison says rugged terrain made it difficult to initially determine its size. He says the blaze is 50 percent contained.
    
He cautioned that Tuesday afternoon will be a critical time as winds gust up to 20 mph and temperatures rise close to 90.
    
About 30 residences have been evacuated since the wildfire began Monday. No injuries have been reported and no structures destroyed.
    
The area about 75 miles west of Fort Worth was the scene of fires in 2011 that destroyed dozens of homes amid the drought.