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A wildfire burns near Fritch, Texas, on May 11. / Chris Ray, Texas Department of Public Safety via AP

A wildfire that raced through a North Texas community destroyed or damaged 100 homes and forced evacuation of thousands of people, authorities said Monday.

One person died of a heart attack during the blaze that started late Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The wildfire, which raced through the Lake Meredith Harbor subdivision, was 35% contained Monday, Troy Ducheneaux, regional fire coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service, told USA TODAY. He said that humidity had helped improve the situation overnight. About four square miles had burned.

Fritch Police Chief Monte Leggett was more upbeat, telling the Amarillo Globe-News that crews were "mopping up" hot spots Monday.

"You know how yuccas and mesquite are, they don't want to go out," Leggett said. "Lake Meredith Harbor is still in full evacuation. No one in, no one out."

About 2,100 people were evacuated from 1,300 homes, Ducheneaux said. He said the evacuation would continue to allow access for emergency vehicles.

"It's really bad," Danny Richards, Hutchinson County emergency management coordinator, told the Globe-News. "It looks like a war zone. It's a disaster."



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