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Forest Service: Lipscomb Co. fire burns 100,000 acres

Fire retardant is loading into an airtanker at Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo / Source: Texas A&M Forest Service Fire retardant is loading into an airtanker at Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo / Source: Texas A&M Forest Service
The Amarillo Fire Department tweeted this photo of the Dumas Complex fire along SH-136 and 245 just after 6 p.m. / Source: Amarillo Fire / Twitter The Amarillo Fire Department tweeted this photo of the Dumas Complex fire along SH-136 and 245 just after 6 p.m. / Source: Amarillo Fire / Twitter
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

Thursday, March 9: 

Perryton fire/Lipscomb County, 318056 acres - 75% contained

Lefors East/Gray County,135000 acres - 100% contained

Dumas Complex/Potter County, 28800 acres - 100% contained


1:15 p.m.: The fire in Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties has now burned more than 295,000 acres and is 50 percent contained. 


7:25 a.m.: The fire in Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties has now burned 100,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service says there has been one fatality in Lipscomb County and that some homes and and farmhouses have burned. No further information is being released at this time.


3:00 a.m.: Officials at the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office confirm three people have died in the Gray County fire.

An optional evacuation order was issued for the north east corner of Gray County but has since been lifted.


12:00 a.m.: The Potter County Sheriff's Office says Highway 136 is now open and all evacuations for the 'Dumas Complex' fire have been lifted. Residents can return home.


11:40 p.m.: The 'Dumas Complex' fire is now 75 percent contained.

The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office says residents in Shamrock, Lela and west to the county line should be mindful of the fires in the area and should be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice. The main fire is currently about 6 miles north of Lela and I-40.


9:35 p.m.: The 'Dumas Complex' fire has now burned 25,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.

The fire in Ochiltree County is now 5 percent contained.


8:48 p.m.: The 'Dumas Complex' fire is now 20 percent contained. 


8:35 p.m.: The City of Glazier is under a mandatory evacuation. Residents can go to the Canadian High School gym.

The Forest Service says the fire passed to the south of Higgins and no homes were reported lost.


7:43 p.m.: The fire in Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties is now estimated at 30 miles in length. 


7:37 p.m.: Oklahoma authorities have issued evacuations for Laverne and Buffalo.


7:20 p.m.: The fire burning in Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties is now estimated at 40,000 acres in size with zero percent containment.


6:50 p.m.: The "Dumas Complex" fire has burned an estimated 23,000 acres and forward progression has stopped. 

Crews estimate the fire is covering 77 square miles. They estimate the fire is 7 miles wide 10 miles long.

The Potter County Sheriff's Office says five firefighters were injured in several fires today.

One was from the Pantex Fire Department, two were with the Skellytown Fire Department, and authorities are still unsure what department the other two crew members were with. 

None of the firefighters have major injuries, according to the sheriff's office. 

Authorities have ordered residents of Higgins and Lipscomb County to evacuate east on U.S. 60 and head to Shattuck, Oklahoma. 

Evacuations for Wheeler County and Mobeetie have been lifted. 


6:21 p.m.: Authorities have called for an immediate evacuation of Gate, Oklahoma. 


5:50 p.m.: Authorities are issuing mandatory evacuations for residents in the following areas:

  • North of Bertrend Road on S.H. 136
  • Old Mobeetie and Mobeetie residents in Wheeler County
  • East of Webb 
  • South of Stinnett
  • North of 1912
  • Lighthouse Church at Loop 335 and Pavillard will accept evacuees. 

5:29 p.m.: The "Dumas Complex" fire has burned about 12,000 acres and about 150 homes are threatened, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. 

Authorities say the fire path is two miles wide and 10 miles long. 

Texas A&M estimates 10,000 acres have burned in the Ochiltree County fire and about 200 homes are threatened. 

Both fires are zero percent contained. 


4:21 p.m.: AFD Cpt. Larry Davis says "possibly" up to four firefighters have been injured in today's fires. Davis said he could not comment further on the matter.

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas later said one injured firefighter is with the Pantex Fire Department. 


4:16 p.m.:  The "Dumas Complex" fire has burned 7,000 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Crews are also battling a fire near Perryton in Ochiltree County. FM 281 from Highway 70 to Highway 83 is closed.

Here is a picture of the Ochiltree Co. fire from viewer Sidney David Francis:

Several fire crews are also responding to a large fire in Beaver County off Highway 64.


3:53 p.m.: The Carson County Sheriff's Office says State Highway 136 and F.M. 293 are blocked due to a fire.

For the latest on lane closures visit DriveTexas.org.


3:38 p.m.: Texas A&M Forest Service says the "Dumas Complex" fire is 0 percent contained and spreading at a rapid rate. The fire is composed of multiple grass fires that first began north of Amarillo around 1:30 Monday and is now spreading toward Highway 136.

Forest service authorities say three air tankers have been assigned to fight the fire.


Firefighters are battling multiple fires that broke out Monday afternoon near the River Road neighborhood north of Amarillo.

The fires are west of the Dumas Highway near Cherry and River Roads.

Potter County Fire Department and Amarillo Fire Department are on scene and say River Road High School is not threatened at this time.

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

Crews are also battling a blaze near Reclamation Plant Road, north of the high school. 

The River Road Water Reclamation Facility has been evacuated. 

The cause of that fire is unknown at this time. 

Information is limited at this time but NewsChannel 10 crews are on scene and we'll provide more information when it becomes available. 

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