Published: Aug 31, 2011 11:17 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2011 2:49 PM EDT

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas (AP) - Wildfires sweeping through parts of drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.
 
Firefighters working through the night were expected Wednesday to make progress on a fast-moving blaze in North Texas that had grown to at least 3,500 acres by late Tuesday.
 
Fueled by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures, the fire destroyed at least 20 homes in a lakeside community and was threatening about 125 others. A blaze earlier this year in roughly the same area charred 160 homes.
 
In Oklahoma City, a grassfire destroyed about a dozen homes and consumed 1,500 acres in a sparsely populated but heavily wooded area. Bursts of flame rose amid thick black smoke and utility poles lit up like matchsticks.