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Continuing Coverage: Wildfire Updates

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - County officials continue assessing the damage caused by wildfires that ravaged the Texas Panhandle Wednesday. This page will be updated with the latest information as it is received.

4:37 P.M. 

Between Hutchinson and Carson county over 44,000 acres were damaged. Officials have not determined a cause for fires in either county. 

4:00 P.M.

The Texas A&M Forest Service released more photos and a map detailing counties affected by a fire that burned more than 44,000 acres.


2:50 P.M.

Emergency personnel in Wheeler County are still monitoring hot spots in the area. Officials say at least 15,000 acres were damaged in the blaze. The cause is still under investigation.

Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand says 44,000 acres and two homes were lost in the fire Wednesday. 

Hutchinson County officials are currently assessing damage throughout the county and investigating a cause.

Officials in Armstrong County believe an electrical pole fell to the ground Wednesday and caused the first sparks of a massive fire. The amount of land lost is currently unknown.


Wildfires spread throughout the panhandle yesterday and crews are still working to keep residents safe. 

The only fire still not under control this morning is in Carson County near FM 282. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service Carson County Crews have the grass fire 60 percent contained at this time.

Crews on scene did have to battle a smaller grass fire due to a power line failure. It was easy to contain and only burned about 3 acres. 

The blaze has burned 44 thousand acres and has burned down 2 homes in the process. According to the Forest Service no homes are in danger at this time.



FM 282 north of Pampa up to State Highway 70 is open for all traffic. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, Thursday, March 24)                      

Evacuations orders in Pampa have been lifted. (Wednesday, March 23, 7:40 p.m.)



I-40 east and westbound from southbound SH 70 to the city of Shamrock is now open. Fire crews have the wildfires contained at this time. Travelers should be aware of ever-changing conditions. For roadway closure updates go to drivetexas.org. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, 7:13 p.m.)


Evacuations in Skellytown have been lifted. Fire warnings in Wheeler county remain. Residents in Shamrock need to be on standby in case evacuation orders are necessary.

Emergency officials in Pampa say the initial evacuation orders are standing and have not been lifted. Lifting those orders will be reevaluated as fires are put out. (7:06 P.M.)

SH 152 and 83 south closed toward Shamrock, crews are diverting traffic toward Sayre, OK. (6:50 p.m.)

As predicted, the wind has changed from SW to NW and is blowing the fire back toward Shamrock and I-40. The fire originated around eight miles west of Shamrock on the south side of I-40, jumped over I-40 with the SW wind, and has been running parallel to I-40 until the recent wind change. Right now, it has almost made it to US 83 and is within a half mile of the NW part of Shamrock. Wheeler County is trying to keep it from penetrating into Shamrock. TxDOT has two blades on I-40 cutting guards to trying and keep it from jumping back over I-40 (Barbara Seal, Childress Public Information Officer, 6:26 p.m.)

Traffic in Clarendon is congested at the intersection of US 287 and SH 70 as vehicles are being detoured to Clarendon from I-40. TxDOT is flagging traffic traffic at the intersection and vehicles are backed up on SH 7- for six miles. Use extreme caution when traveling in this area. (Barbara Seal, Childress Public Information Officer, 5:52 p.m.)

FM 282 is now closed from SH 70, south to 23rd Street near Pampa, TX. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, 3:45 p.m.) No immediate threat to the city of Pampa, according to the city's Facebook page. Some businesses are being evacuated due to a fire in Hutchinson County and the potential of shifting winds.University of Medical Center in Lubbock will help the hospital in Pampa should an evacuation be necessary. 

The closure of Interstate 40 has been extended to include the entire roadway from southbound SH 70 to the city of Shamrock, TX. This closure extension is necessary to detour eastbound traffic down SH 70, and westbound traffic down US 83. US 287 is still closed from Claude to Clarendon. (Barbara Seal, Childress Public Information Officer, 3:41 p.m.)

White Deer ISD says it's been advised to not transport students home due to wildfires. All bus students will be kept at their campuses until a parent signs them out or officials are cleared to transport. (White Deer ISD, 3:40 p.m.)

I-40 in Wheeler County is closed between reference markers 152 and 153, due to the fire crossing the roadway. (Barbara Seal, Childress Public Information Officer, 1:56 p.m.)

SH 592 is currently closed from SH 152 south for 2 miles due to a wildfire in Wheeler that is going across the roadway. TxDOT flaggers are in place to turn traffic around. (Barbara Seal, Childress Public Information Officer, 1:18 p.m.)

US 287 between Claude and SH 70 near Goodnight is closed in both directions due to a wildfire, which is contributing to numerous crashes on the roadway. Southbound US 287 traffic is being diverted at Claude to IH-40, and northbound US 287 traffic is being detoured to IH-40 via north SH 70. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, 12:56 p.m.)

FM 1059 between SH 280 and SH 152 is closed due to a wildfire east of Borger. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, 12:39 p.m.)

OPEN

US 287 west of Clarendon is now open. 

SH 70 from FM 281 to FM 282 has reopened. (Paul Braun, TxDOT, 3:42 p.m.)

State highway 207 in Carson County has been reopen, but traffic is moving slowly as of 12:30 p.m. ((Paul Braun, TxDOT, 12:30 p.m.)

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