Glazier residents given all clear, fire in Hemphill County contained


HEMPHILL COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - The Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office say the fire causing residents to evacuate in Glazier is now all clear.

Officials say the fire has been contained at 1,193 acres.

Fire departments are working to mop up hot spots.

Glazier residents were evacuated, but the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office has given the all clear.

The trains have been reopened and U.S. Highway 60 is open.

FIRE UPDATE: Glazier is ALL CLEAR. FIRE is contained at 1193 acres. Fire Departments are in mop up stage hitting hot spots.

Posted by Hemphill County Sheriff's Office on Monday, August 19, 2019

FIRE UPDATE: 3:34pm Multiple Texas and Oklahoma Fire Departments are fighting the fire. The community of Glazier is...

Posted by Hemphill County Sheriff's Office on Monday, August 19, 2019

A lightning strike started the fire at Urschel Ranch around 12:30 p.m. and heavy winds began to push the fire towards the railroad tracks near Glazier.

One resident who operates the disposal wells in town called her boss to say they were right in the path of the fire.

“He said ‘Well, shut the well down and shut the disposal down.’ And so I said, ‘Well, first thing I’m going to do is go get my dog.’,” said Glazier resident Nita Rockwell. “Grabbed him and the Bible and couple of photos of my family, my parents. And then as I was leaving, the sirens went off.”

Helicopters were also on scene to help put out the flames.

“I was on the radios, I was actually flying from Dumas to here from a different commercial job,” said commercial pilot for Flap-Air Helicopter Services Tyler Savely. “They were actually on the radios doing the firefighting and so they said, 'Hey, come over here, do some spotting for us. Where some of the hotter spots were in relation to some roads where the firefighters could get to.”

Savely says a shift in wind direction helped firefighters get the fire under control.

Around 5 p.m., it was contained thanks to multiple Texas fire crews and one department from Shattuck, Oklahoma.

“Really grateful all these fire departments from, I know at least five or six different departments, were here,” said Rockwell. “It was pretty close and the wind was not in our favor. It was heading right toward us.”

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