Eastland Complex Fire Leaves Texas Communities Devastated: Photos

An outbreak of wildfires around several small Texas communities has burned at least 50 homes, killed the sheriff’s deputy and left a trail of charred vehicles, ash-filled homes and scorched grass.

Several wildfires coalesced to form a complex that continued to burn Saturday near Eastland, about 120 miles west of Dallas. Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a disaster in the 11 counties hardest hit by wildfires fueled by months of dry weather and high winds.

The Eastland County Sheriff’s Office said the fire killed the Deputy Sgt. Barbara Fenley, who was going door to door, forcing residents to evacuate their homes on Thursday.

“With the extreme deteriorating conditions and low visibility due to smoke, Sgt. Fenley fled the roadway and was engulfed in the fire,” the sheriff’s statement read.

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