Wildfire Now 25% Contained
SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) — The latest on a wildfire in Central Texas (all times local):
The Texas A&M Forest Service says a wildfire that's blackened more than 6 square miles in Central Texas is about 25 percent contained.
Forest Service spokeswoman Jessica Jackson says a DC-10 jet tanker is being dispatched Friday from Chattanooga, Tennessee to assist in firefighting efforts in Smithville, some 40 miles southeast of Austin. The tanker can drop nearly 12,000 gallons of flame retardant at a time.
Jackson says no injuries have been reported since the wildfire began Tuesday.
Parts of Bastrop State Park are closed Friday due to fire damage.
Forecasters predict more hot, dry weather through the weekend, with temperatures in the 80s, and no chance of showers until Tuesday.