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'HELL ON EARTH' Fire consumes 74,000 acres, still rages

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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:01 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

A fire in central Val Verde County now spans more than 74,000 acres.

Officials had hoped a shift in winds Thursday would help fire fighting efforts by pushing the fire back into already charred acreage, but that was not the case.

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