ODESSA, Texas – One person was injured and another 150 evacuated their homes Thursday as firefighters battled a 50-acre wildfire in West Texas that destroyed at least five homes.
Several area fire departments responded to the blaze, said Andrea Goodson, a spokeswoman for the city of Odessa. Also on scene was the Texas Forest Service, which provided an aircraft, two helicopters for air drops and three bulldozers to fight the blaze.
Emergency personnel treated one person on site for breathing problems, but no one had been transported to hospitals, Goodson said.
The initial call reporting the fire came in around 1 p.m.
"There are still multiple structure fires," Goodson said. "It started as a grassfire and we are experiencing 25 mph winds. This is one big fire."
In addition to the five homes, an unknown number of outbuildings have been destroyed, said Lewis Kearney, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service.
The fire was threatening about 110 homes total, Kearney said.
"They are not calling it contained, but they are feeling real good about getting it knocked down and they hope to have containment soon," Kearney said.