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BREAKING: Texas Panhandle Wildfire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were ordered after a wildfire broke out late Sunday afternoon in Hutchinson County, Texas, officials said.

The fire continued to burn early Monday in the Lake Meredith area between Sanford and Fritch, Texas, the Hutchinson County Emergency Management Agency reported in a fire warning message issued by the National Weather Service at Amarillo.

Up to 100 homes were destroyed with another 1,200 threatened by the fire, EMA Director Danny Richards told CNN.

Winds picked up in Sunday afternoon with gusts out of the south-southwest over 30 mph, Meteorologist Brian Lada said.

"It will remain pretty breezy today with a northerly wind," Lada said.

The mandatory evacuations were in effect for Sanford to just north of Fritch with up to 800 people evacuated, the emergency management agency reported.

The fire caused classes in the Sanford-Fritch Independent School District to be canceled on Monday, according to the ISD's Twitter feed.

Texas Highway 136 was closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between Fritch and Amarillo.