Mandatory evacuations were ordered after a wildfire broke out late Sunday afternoon in Hutchinson County, Texas, officials said.
While the fire was approximately 75 percent contained as of Monday morning, nearly 75 homes were destroyed, according to an Associated Press article.
Set in an area between Sanford and Fritch, Texas, thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Sunday due to the fire threat.
Late Sunday night, the Hutchinson County Emergency Management Agency reported that officials were allowing Sanford residents to return to their homes but all other areas were to remain evacuated into Monday.
A wildfire burns along Lake Meredith at Sanford, Texas, northeast of Amarillo, on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Facebook Photo/Hutchinson County LEPC Emergency Notification )
Texas Highway 136 was closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between Fritch and Amarillo.
The fire caused classes in the Sanford-Fritch Independent School District to be canceled on Monday, according to the ISD's Twitter feed.
Hutchinson County is part of an extreme drought area, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
With the area already in a drought situation, no rain is expected to aid containment efforts on Monday.
"Unfortunately, winds will be an issue Monday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "Winds from the north at 20 to 30 mph and wind gusts up between 35 and 40 mph are possible."
Thunderstorms with the risk of damaging winds, hail, isolated tornadoes and torrential downpours will begin to shift eastward over the central United States this weekend.
A pattern favoring waves of progressively cooler air will set up across much of the Midwest and Northeast during next week and could continue into early May.
Rounds of flooding and severe storms slammed the South and Plains this week, while a storm system unleashed dust storms and snow in the West.
Ahead of the monsoon season in India, temperatures will swell well above normal in parts of India and Pakistan.
Round after round of drenching rain will continue to cause flooding in the South, while another dose of rain may renew flooding in the Ohio Valley this weekend.
The 119th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, and runners set to take on the historic course will face cool and rainy conditions.
Tornadoes in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. More than 24 funnels; over 100 killed. Sixty-five dead and $1 million damage in Marshfield, MO.
San Francisco, CA (1906)
Earthquake and fire. Infrequent easterly wind drove flames westward through the city rather than confining them to the downtown harbor area.
Wyoming, South Dakota (1966)
24" of snow and blizzard conditions in South Dakota. 20" of snow at Lander, Wyoming.