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Some homes, businesses burned after grass fire moves through North Texas

by Addie Haney, WFAA-TV (Dallas) |

Multiple grass and brush fires across North Texas burned several acres - including some homes and businesses - as an elevated fire risk continued on Tuesday. Dry conditions, warm temperatures and gusty winds helped drive many of the fires that burned within Grayson, Hood, Palo Pinto, Tarrant and Wise counties.

Over the last week, the Texas A&M Forest Service said that state and local resources have responded to 176 wildfires that have burned just more than 8,400 acres.

In preparation for wildfires, the Forest Service said it has fully-staffed task forces and equipment staged in Childress, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Burkburnett, Fredericksburg, Smithville, McGregor, San Angelo and Mineral Wells.

The Forest Service is asking all to avoid any outdoor activities that could cause a spark while warm, dry and windy conditions are present.

The Sandusky Fire is currently about 800 acres and 40 percen t contained. Grayson County is just north of Collin County, on the border of Oklahoma.

According to the Forest Service, aviation crews have been called in. Officials are asking for people to avoid flying drones, as it can interfere with firefighting aircraft and force them to land.