West Texas community evacuated when fire neared explosives plant

ZEPHYR, Texas - A tiny West Texas community was evacuated when a grass fire threatened an explosives plant.

The Brownwood Bulletin reports the 200 residents were evacuated from the Zephyr community around 6 p.m. Monday when the fire neared a dynamite storage plant. The Texas A&M Forest Service says the fire burned through the plant without damaging the explosives, though, and Brownwood/Brown County Emergency Management lifted the evacuation except for those who live on roads emergency crews have closed to traffic.

The Forest Service says the fire began about 2 p.m. Monday with a house fire and had scorched about 500 acres, remaining uncontained as of late Monday.

No injuries have been reported.

Zephyr is 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Brownwood, Texas, and 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth.

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