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Wildfires threaten remote West Texas resort
Wildfires threaten remote West Texas mountain resort also hit hard by 2011 wildfire
By The Associated Press

FORT DAVIS, Texas (AP) ' More than 125 firefighters were battling the first major Texas wildfires of the season, covering 20,000 acres in the Davis Mountains, including an area experienced uncontrolled burning exactly a year ago.

Former volunteer fire chief Kelly Bryan said no injuries or structural losses were reported late Monday in the fires at the remote Davis Mountain Resort, 175 miles southeast of El Paso.

Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Catherine Hibbard said a 13,376-acre fire at the Livermore Ranch, within 1 miles of the resort, was 25 percent contained Tuesday. About 150 of the more than 400 houses in the resort are occupied year-round. Residents were ordered to evacuate, said Hibbard.

Hibbard said firefighters had a 10,496-acre blaze at Spring Mountain 60 percent contained Tuesday. It was in a "mop up" stage, which involves looking for and extinguishing all remaining hotspots the fire might have, said Hibbard.

The forest service said storms Monday night brought winds and lightning strikes that sparked the fires.

Livermore Ranch was struck by a complex of fires that swept through Fort Davis a year ago.

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