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Firefighters Gain Ground on Texas Wildfires on Saturday

Flames quickly spread through dry grass west of Abilene, Texas near Old Highway 80 Thursday, March 17, 2022. The grass fire quickly spread southeast, jumping the roadway, continuing in the same direction until it jumped South First Street and threatened a mobile home park which was evacuated. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
Flames quickly spread through dry grass west of Abilene, Texas near Old Highway 80 Thursday, March 17, 2022. The grass fire quickly spread southeast, jumping the roadway, continuing in the same direction until it jumped South First Street and threatened a mobile home park which was evacuated. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
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Eastland, Texas (AP) -- Fire crews in Texas made progress Saturday against a massive complex of wildfires that have killed a deputy sheriff and burned at least 50 homes, officials said.

“Progress has been made, but fire activity has picked up with rising temperatures and lower humidity,” said Matt Ford, spokesperson for Texas A&M Forest Services. He said about 25% of the flames were contained, up from about 4% late Friday as the fire burned thick brush and grass fields.