Palo Duro Canyon State Park closed due to fire

Canyon, TX - According to Palo Duro Canyon State Park's Superintendent Cory Evans, 16 acres have burned in the wildfire. The blaze started in the far South end of the canyon. Park officials say a camp stove in the backpacking area of the park has been determined as the cause of the blaze.

According to the Texas Forest Service, three crews are rotating in right now. The fire is currently 60 percent contained. There were hikers on the opposite side of the canyon. DPS officials say it took officers awhile to reach them. However, all visitors and campers were evacuated.

Emergency personnel face possible strong winds in extinguishing the blaze. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the area until early Wednesday. The park remains under a burn ban, meaning no campfires or use of fireplaces.

The park will remain closed until 8 o'clock, Wednesday morning.