Wildfires are sweeping through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, destroying dozens of homes and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.
The ongoing drought in those areas is only fueling the flames.
"We're in severe drought conditions, so just the tiniest little spark can start a wildfire," Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor told the Associated Press.
Strong winds are keeping firefighters from making much progress.
"It sounds like we're still going to have winds today," John Nichols, a spokesman for the service, said before dawn Wednesday.
"The one positive thing you can say is that we've got the firefighting forces in places," he added.
At least 25 homes in one NorthTexas community have been destroyed. The Palo Pinto County fire stretches 7,500 acres, according to Nichols.
In Oklahoma, the fires are mainly in rural areas. A dozen homes have already been destroyed.
No major injuries have been reported from either fire.