- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TULIA, Texas (AP) - A wildfire threatened a West Texas town, incinerating four homes before firefighters halted its forward progress.

Texas A&M; Forest Service spokesman Phillip Truitt said the fire advanced Tuesday evening on Tulia, 50 miles south of Amarillo, prompting the evacuation of almost 1,200 homes in the Mackenzie Hills neighborhood on the southern edge of town. Crews halted the forward progress of the fire shortly after nightfall, though, and the agency reported the fire 25 percent contained after charring 2,200 acres.

Truitt said two of the four homes lost weren’t occupied and bulldozers saved 20 other homes.

Also, a fire Tuesday briefly threatened the town of Sundown, about 40 miles west of Lubbock. Truitt said conditions improved in time to spare the town after scorching 8,500 acres with 50 percent containment.

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