UPDATE: Highway 60 reopened in Hereford following grain elevator fire

UPDATE: Highway 60 reopened in Hereford following grain elevator fire

Highway 60 and the rail road in Hereford have been reopened after being shut down due to a grain elevator fire.

The Hereford Fire Department has the fire under control and will monitor it throughout the night.

The evacuation order has also been lifted. However, people are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Original Story

A grain elevator fire has closed a portion of Highway 60 in Hereford.

Around 5:08 a.m. Monday, the Hereford Fire Department was dispatched to the grain elevator fire in the 600 block of W. 1st on Highway 60.

The fire is burning in the top of the elevator, which is inaccessible.

A 1,000 foot area was evacuated as a precautionary measure. Fire crews determined the only action available is to allow the fire to burn itself out.

Officials ask residents to avoid the area and Highway 60 is expected to remain closed near the elevator until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A DPS helicopter is performing reconnaissance of the fire.

No injuries have been reported, but EMS is standing by as a precaution.

Lane closures due to the grain elevator fire are as follows:

  • Roads are closed at Highway 60 from Park Ave. to Highway 385.
  • The intersection of Jackson and 2nd St. is closed to through traffic.
  • Eastbound traffic may proceed on 3rd St. or any street further north.
  • Westbound traffic is being diverted to Park Ave. then back south to Highway 60.

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