Wildfires force evacuations for parts of Hood, Eastland, Erath, Brown counties

Update: Updated at 5:20 p.m. with Brown County evacuations.

Wildfires Sunday afternoon have forced residents of Hood, Erath counties to evacuate, emergency crews say.

Officials in Hood County ordered a mandatory evacuation Sunday afternoon for residents of Lipan and Tolar, who were told to evacuate towards nearby Granbury immediately. Three shelters in Granbury were established for evacuees, on U.S. Route 377 by Tractor Supply, Granbury United Methodist Church on Loop 567 and the Church of Latter-Day Saints on Ross Lane.

People in Bluff Dale, on the Hood and Erath county line, were also being told to evacuate. An hour later, Erath County issued second evacuation order for people near County roads 114 and 117, north and northwest of the community of Huckaby.

The Texas Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service also issued an urgent fire warning about 2:10 p.m. for a “fast moving” wildfire near FM 2731 and County Road 230, between U.S. Route 183 and Texas Highway 206 in Eastland County.

Residents in the vicinity of the fire were urged to evacuate immediately via Highway 206, the alert said.

The Eastland Complex fire has burned more than 54,000 acres as of Sunday morning, destroying homes and killing at least one person, an Eastland County deputy sheriff.

Shortly after 5 p.m., evacuation orders were also issued in Brown County, for south of Lake Brownwood from FM 2632 to FM 2125 through 4 miles north of FM 2632 to FM 2125. Another evacuation northwest of Blanket was issued for south of County Road 331 west of County Road 351 and east of County Road 355 to FM 1467.

That fire is burning about 120 miles west of Dallas.

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