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Wildfires destroy dozens of homes in Texas, Okla.

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) -- Wildfires sweeping through parts of drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.

Firefighters working through the night were expected Wednesday to make progress on a fast-moving blaze in North Texas that had grown to at least 3,500 acres by late Tuesday.

Fueled by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures, the fire destroyed at least 20 homes in a lakeside community and was threatening about 125 others. A blaze earlier this year in roughly the same area charred 160 homes.

In Oklahoma City, a grassfire destroyed about a dozen homes and consumed 1,500 acres in a sparsely populated but heavily wooded area. Bursts of flame rose amid thick black smoke and utility poles lit up like matchsticks.

No major injuries have been reported.

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