Fire crews spent the early morning hours of Thursday battling fires across West Texas. Some blazes continue to burn out of control while others were knocked down quickly.
A fire that burned near FM 1788 and Highway 80 in Midland County charred 40 acres. Fire crews seem to have got that fire under control around 12:30 Thursday morning.
Another fire started near Interstate 20 near the Family Dollar distribution warehouse in Odessa. That fire started about a quarter of a mile east of JBS Parkway. Fire crews from Odessa, Gardendale and South Ector County were on the scene. The service road on Interstate 20 was closed from JBS to Loop 338 for a time so crews could get to the flames.
Crews got that fire contained around 1:15 Thursday morning, but not before 400 acres were burned. Some nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution, but no buildings were burned and no injuries were reported.
A fire near the Martin and Midland County line was contained early Thursday morning.
The Hughes Ranch Fire has burned 20,000 acres in Fort Davis County and continues to grow. That fire is now over 11 miles long. Viewers from Marfa and Fort Davis report seeing the glow of the large fire from their homes.
Residents in the path of the Hughes Ranch Fire have been evacuated. Several housing developments were in the path of the blaze and power has been cut off to some areas due to power lines that have blown down.
High winds and low humidity are causing a very dangerous situation in West Texas.