Nearly two years ago, a massive wildfire ravaged the Possum Kingdom Lake area, scorching was ravaged when 120,000 acres, destroying 150 homes, and severely damaging a state park. Now an arsonist setting fires in Palo Pinto County could trigger a repeat.
Most of the fires have been within a few miles of town along Highway 180.
Charlie Sims, the county’s assistant fire marshall, said some of the fires are flaring up within hours of each other.
“There is no reason for them to start and there is no evidence of anything [natural] that could start the fires,” Sims said.
The blazes are small, only one to two acres usually, and so far have only scorched grassland and some trees.
But with the Texas winds picking up and warmer temperatures fast approaching, Sims said it might not be long before one whips out of control.