Texas officials looking for better handle on wildfire damage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Austin wildfire authorities believe was sparked by a homeless man's campfire burned 100 acres and damaged at least 18 homes.

And fire officials expect the number of damaged homes to increase once they can get a better look at the destruction after daylight Monday.

Wildfires have spread across more than 700,000 acres in drought-stricken Texas.

Authorities believe a homeless man started the Austin fire by lighting a campfire to cook amid strong winds and tinder-dry conditions.

The fire destroyed at least eight homes and damaged 10 others.

The suspect's name has not been released. He's charged with reckless endangerment.

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