EASTLAND, Texas -

One volunteer firefighter has died of injuries suffered while fighting a wildfire Friday afternoon that forced the evacuation of Gorman.

The news of the fireman's death was confirmed by Senior Trooper Sparky Dean of the Department of Public Safety. The firefighter was identified as Gregory M. Simmons, 51, an 11-year volunteer fireman with the Eastland Fire Department.

The community of Gorman was ordered to evacuate because of the fire at about 1 p.m., but this order was lifted just before 5:30 p.m., according to a Gorman city official.

An official at the Gorman public schools said that the schools were evacuated. She said that students who were not picked up by parents were taken to Perkins Middle School in the nearby town of De Leon.

The Texas Forest Service by late afternoon reported that about 3,000 acres had burned.

The wildfire erupted south of Eastland near the small community of Flatwood, according to radio station KATX in Eastland.

One Eastland County official said the fire started near the intersection of FM 2563 and County Road 323, southwest of Eastland.

One source said, in an unconfirmed report, that one firefighter had been injured and taken to a local hospital and that a second firefighter may have been injured.

This fire was located along or north of Highway 6 and apparently burning southeast toward Gorman.

KTXS News will bring you more information as it becomes available.