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Texas wildfire's new path helping firefighters

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Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer holds onto his cowboy hat as the wind picks up during a tour of an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero) By LM Otero Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer holds onto his cowboy hat as the wind picks up during a tour of an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero) By LM Otero
Mike Hester holds a cat he rescued from an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, the day the fire swept through the neighborhood and destroyed 25 homes. (AP Photo/LM Otero) By LM Otero Mike Hester holds a cat he rescued from an area destroyed by a wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, the day the fire swept through the neighborhood and destroyed 25 homes. (AP Photo/LM Otero) By LM Otero

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) -- Firefighters are hoping to get a better handle on a wildfire that's devastated a Texas lakeside community for a second time this year.

The blaze has destroyed more than three dozen homes and is threatening as many as 400 others in the Possum Kingdom Lake area, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. In April, a wildfire destroyed 160 homes.

A 6,200-acre fire that began Tuesday is being fueled by strong winds, parched vegetation and unrelenting heat in drought-stricken Texas.

But the fire is expected to burn through most of the dry vegetation in its path by daybreak Thursday.

Texas Forest Service spokesman John Nichols says that means it'll be easier to contain. Firefighters are using bulldozers and fire trucks overnight, and air tankers and helicopters will be back Thursday.

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