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Wildfire Closes Texas State Park

A Texas state park was closed and campers were evacuated because of a wildfire that scorched about 15 acres.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. photo)

CANYON (March 11, 2014) Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle was closed Tuesday as emergency crews worked to put out a wildfire.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the fire, which charred about 15 acres.

About 80 campers left the park Monday night, park official Mark Hassell said.

The more than 20,000-acre park should reopen Wednesday.

Emergency personnel may have to contend with winds as the work to extinguish the fire.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the area effective until early Wednesday.

The park is under a burn ban, meaning no campfires or use of fireplaces.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.


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