Possum Kingdom wildfire mostly contained by late Tuesday

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Wildfires were about 85 percent contained late Tuesday evening at Possum Kingdom Lake, officials said.

Residents who had been evacuated from the area were allowed back to their homes about 8 p.m., said Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell.

No residences were damaged, and no one was hurt as about 100 firefighters from about 13 volunteer fire departments worked to contain flareups.

By late Tuesday, Harwell said, their work had reached the “breakdown phase.”

Most firefighters were sent home to rest, but a “skeleton crew” was to remain through the night.

“It’s pretty well out, but we still have some hot spots,” Harwell said. “We’ll reconvene in the morning.”

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday along Frontier Unit Road in the area known as the Peninsula at the east end of the lake. Fire officials got reports that a grass fire that started in a ditch had spread.

Officials evacuated about 30 homes Monday evening near Sandy Beach, Frontier Unit Road and Burma Road.

Residents on Frontier Unit Road were allowed to return home late Monday.

But residents on upper and lower Burma Road were not allowed to return until Tuesday night.

In 2011, wildfires devastated the area around the lake, destroying almost 200 homes and scorching about 126,000 acres.

This includes material from The Associated Press.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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