Taylor County Declares Disaster, Issues Mandatory Evacuation Orders as Wildfire Grows

A disaster was declared and mandatory evacuation orders were put in place in Taylor County, Texas, as a wildfire grew on May 18.

The Texas Wildfire Incident Response System said the Mesquite Heat Fire had burned 5,000 acres and was 5 percent contained. At least 10 homes were burned, officials said.

Footage by Steve Miller shows thick smoke in Abilene. Credit: Steve Miller via Storyful

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