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Texas Wildfire Scorches Montgomery, Grimes, and Waller Counties

On September 6, 2011, Texas officials have reported that a wildfire burning in Montgomery, Grimes and Waller counties has been mostly contained. However, officials estimate that as many as 80 homes have been destroyed in the blaze. Reportedly, the fire started around 3 p.m. near the Crown Ranch in Grimes County and quickly spread to parts of Montgomery and Waller counties. Sources say that the fire has scorched about 1,600 acres, but an exact measurement of the damage is not yet available.

Reportedly, firefighters from multiple departments responded to the blaze and will remain to watch for any flair ups. Sources say the fire triggered mandatory evacuation orders in Grimes, Montgomery and Waller counties on Labor Day.

Reportedly, as of Tuesday morning, evacuation orders remain in effect for the following communities:

Montgomery County: All residents living in between 1774 and 1486, from where the roads intersect in Magnolia to the Grimes County line; and the Ranch Crest, Walnut Bend, River Park Ranch and Magnolia West subdivisions.

Grimes County: Lake Hollyhill and Lake Holly Springs subdivision.

Waller County: All residents living on 1488, 1774, Riley Road and Bowler Road.

Sources say in Montgomery County, evacuees are being sent to Magnolia High School, located at 14350 FM 1488. Sources say in Grimes County, evacuees can go to the Grimes County Expo Center, and in Waller County, an evacuation center has been established at the First Baptist Church in Hempstead at 5th and Main Street.

Reportedly, the wildfire has caused several cases of heat exhaustion and one broken ankle, but no serious injuries have been reported. The wildfire comes during the worst drought in Texas since the 1950s and is one of at least 64 wild fires burning throughout the state of Texas in the past two days. According to officials, all but 3 of Texas' 254 counties are under burn bans.

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