Fast-Moving Texas Wildfire Scorches 50,000 Acres

ASPERMONT, Texas -- More resources have been dispatched to battle a fast-moving West Texas wildfire that has scorched about 50,000 acres.

The Texas Forest Service says that the sprawling fire north of Aspermont, located between Lubbock and Abilene, was not contained Friday.

The agency says tanker planes dropped more than 58,000 gallons of fire retardant on Thursday, but the fire continued to spread, traveling 12 miles in less than four hours. Additional heavy equipment arrived Friday morning.

No structures have been burned and no injuries were reported going into a weekend when anticipated hot weather and dry conditions were expected to combine for a high fire danger.

Another wildfire burned Friday in Andrews County, north of Andrews, blackening about 4,600 acres. No homes have been destroyed.