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Wildfire leaves over 400 locations in Fritch without power

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Amarillo, TX - Over 450 location in the Fritch and Lake Meredith area are without power because of the wildfire.

Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy says their engineers should be allowed into the fire-affected area in the morning to assess the damage and develop a plan for restoration.

"Last night we worked with the firefighters, we disconnected service to the fire-affected area and that is a safety thing that we always do in a case like that. And about 452 homes and places were disconnected last night"

Right now Xcel cannot predict when power will be restored. So for now customers will have to wait.

"It is really unclear, until we are able to get in there in morning. We have our engineers and planners and then they can see how bad it is and then they can begin to make a plan for getting the power back on."

Once crews are able to work in the affected area, they will start by rebuilding main feeder lines, that will get electricity back to those without power.

"I will say, we've worked a lot of tornado damaged areas and fires. We are able to work fast and very quickly. We will go in and try to rebuild the feeder lines as quickly as possible.We will begin to connect homes that are able to accept power. So that is how we will prioritize at this point".

In addition to the Borger-area crews helping in this effort, Xcel also has around a total of 95 extra personnel helping all the way from Amarillo to Tucumcari.